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Seattle Seahawks vs AtlantaFalcons
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When: 4:35 PM ET, Saturday, January 14, 2017
Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
Betting Line: Falcons -5
Total: 51.5

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Seahawks vs Falcons Betting Preview

The Seahawks travel to Atlanta after an easy victory over the Detroit Lions. The 26-6 victory at home continues Seattle’s home dominance (8-1 SU). However, this time they will be on the road where they really have not been the same team (3-4-1 SU). This, combined with the loss of the best player on the Seahawks defense, defensive back Earl Thomas will put the Seahawks in an unusual position. They will not be able to rely on the defense to win like they could against the Detroit Lions.

For the Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has gone 137 passes without an interception. At home this season he has 19 touchdowns passes against just four picks. Compare that to Seattle’s’ Russell Wilson who has not been the same quarterback on the road with eight touchdown passes and eight interceptions. Wilson is as healthy as he has been all season which means his legs will be a threat for a big play or two. Wilson is one of the top quarterbacks at knowing when to run to pick up a first down and keep the drive going. Both teams should have the offense rolling in this one.

 

 

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About Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle defense, which ranked third in the NFL in points allowed at 18.3 per game, suffered a major blow with the loss safety Earl Thomas. They found one way to counteract a big loss on defense. Run the ball. Last week against Detroit, Thomas Rawls ran for 161 yards. However, that strategy will go out the window if Matt Ryan has the kind of game he had last time against Seattle. Look for Russell Wilson and Seattle to be a pass first offense as they try to keep up with the Falcons offense.

About Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons went 4-0 down the stretch in winning the NFC South and received a first-round bye when the NFC West-champion Seahawks lost three of their final six games. Atlanta is at home to get a little revenge for a game they think they should have won in Seattle. The Falcons have one of the best passing offenses in the NFL. Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu combined for 2,062 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. The young Atlanta defense has shown improvement during the year and the extra week to prepare will help them….a little.

 

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Seattle vs Atlanta 10/16/16

The Seahawks had a late comeback to win a game that Atlanta thought they should have won. A non-call on Sherman late cost the Falcons a chance at a late field goal. A big factor in the game is that the only interception was by Earl Thomas who will not be playing today. But, even with Thomas on the field, Ryan had an exceptional day.

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Seattle vs Atlanta Betting Prediction:

The Seahawks have a reputation as a tough defensive team that can find a way to win. The Falcons reputation is as a soft offensive team that can find a way to lose. Last time out Seattle did just that and won a controversial game late. There is no reason to expect Matt Ryan to do less than he did last time against the Seahawks. I have him set to throw for over 300 yards & get at least 3 touchdowns. On the other side I have the Seahawks matching the Falcons and keeping it close. In the end I am taking the Falcons to win the game but I think the line should be at 3 and not 5. My only bet on this game is on the total. I really like this one to go over 51.5 and I would take it up to 54.5 points. I suggest you get the line early because a lot has already been bet on the over. It came out at 49.5 and I was able to bet it at 50 earlier in the week.

Seattle vs Atlanta Score Prediction:

Falcons 33 – Seahawks 30