Ryan, Brees Lock Horns for Falcons-Saints They’re calling 2019 the Year of the Back-Up Quarterback. But after taking the bye in Week 9, both the New Orleans Saints (7-1 SU, 6-2 ATS) and the Atlanta Falcons (1-7 SU, 2-6 ATS) expect to have their starters ready for Sunday afternoon’s game at the Superdome. Fox will have the coverage starting at 1 PM ET; the Saints opened as 12-point favorites with a total of 51.

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New Orleans got some steady quarterbacking from Teddy Bridgewater, while Drew Brees missed five starts with a thumb injury, but Brees returned in Week 8 to the lead the Saints to a 31-9 victory over the Arizona Cardinals (also +12 away). That same week, the Falcons needed Matt Schaub to sub in for Matt Ryan, but while Schaub played well, Atlanta still lost 27-20 to the Seattle Seahawks – although they did earn the matador cover as 8-point road dogs. As for Ryan’s sprained ankle, Falcons head coach Dan Quinn told reporters last week that he anticipated the former league MVP’s return against New Orleans. The Saints swept both their games last year SU and ATS, against a 7-9 Falcons team that performed much better than this year’s model.