ATLANTA – The New England Patriots are on a four-game winning streak with the help of rookie quarterback Mac Jones, and their consecutive successes could extend after Thursday Night Football on FOX against the Atlanta Falcons.
"It's never easy to hit the highway on Thursday night, and I expect rookie quarterback Mac Jones to experience some adversity here," said FOX Sports Betting Analyst Sam Panayotovich. "The Patriots' defense has tightened up masterfully over the last five weeks, but Matt Ryan still has the ability to make this game interesting."
The Patriots (6-4) are No. 8 in the AP Pro32 poll and 7-point favorites against the No. 23 Falcons (4-5), according to FanDuel SportsBook.
New England has won the past six times against Atlanta, including its 34-28 overtime win in the 2017 Super Bowl, the Associated Press reported. The Falcons' most recent home victory over the Patriots was a 30-17 win in 1995.
Forecasters are expecting temperatures outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium to be in the mid-50s, with partly cloudy skies by kickoff set for 8:20 p.m. Eastern. Temperatures will drop to the lower 50s by the end of the game.
For Patriots fans firing up the grill at home, temperatures in Foxborough, Massachusetts, will be in the upper 50s, with showers becoming likely toward midnight.
Taste of TNF recipe: Old Bay chicken wings
Buffalo wings were first served at a place called the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, back in the 1960s. Since then, chicken wings have become the go-to food for football fans everywhere.
Ray "Dr. BBQ" Lampe decided to create a special version for Thursday night’s game. He recommends a traditional blue-cheese style dip and celery sticks to accompany these spicy wings.
Makes about 4 servings
16 single chicken wing segments
Old Bay dry seasoning
½ cub Ranch dressing
2 tablespoons Old Bay Hot Sauce
Prepare the grill or oven to cook indirect at 350 degrees. Season the wings liberally with the Old Bay seasoning and add them to the grill or put them on a sheet pan and in the oven. Cook, flipping occasionally for 40-50 minutes until they are golden brown and cooked to an internal temp of 185 degrees.
Meanwhile, make the dipping sauce by whisking together the ranch and the Old Bay hot sauce. Adjust to your desired level of heat.
Serve the wings with the Old Bay ranch dipping sauce, additional Old Bay hot sauce, and celery sticks on the side.