NFL betting lines handicappers that backed the New England Patriots in their preseason opener were pleased with the 27-24 payout over the New Orleans Saints. The Patriots were 1.5-point home favorites and had an impressive preseason debut in a game that soared over the total of 35. Although it was an exhibition game there was still plenty of interest, as New England was hosting the defending Super Bowl champions and often looked to be in midseason form.
The Patriots will look to continue their impressive preseason start on Thursday as they travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons, another NFC playoff contender and one of the prime challengers to the Saints in the NFC South Division.
The Patriots will enter action this weekend coming off the heels of some very bad news as defensive end Ty Warren was placed on injured reserve and will miss the entire 2010 season.
“Tough break for Ty, but we have to move on,” said New England head coach Bill Belichick. “He’s missed quite a bit of time the last couple of years so we’ve had to deal with that anyway. Unfortunately, that’s part of the game.”
The Patriots were feeling good about their win over the Saints as it helped erase the bad memory of the last time they took the field at home when they were blown out by the Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs 33-14.
“It’s a new year. We’ve had 20 practices,” said Belichick. “Whatever happened last year was last year.”
“There were some good things. There were some not so good things,” Belichick added. “That’s probably the way it is in most preseason games. We have a long way to go. But there were some good things. I’ve seen worse.”
New England quarterback Tom Brady looked to be in top form as he was 5-8 for 67 yards while reminding everyone why he is such a key sports betting asset.
“This is all about establishing an attitude any time we step on the field,” said Patriots tight end Alge Crumpler. “Regardless of whom we play or what the circumstances are, if we play together as a team good things will happen.”
The Patriots big priority in the preseason is getting the secondary ready and everyone betting NFL preseason knows that they will be tested by the Falcons. New England will rotate plenty of players on defense in Atlanta.