Seattle Seahawks vs Atlanta Falcons NFL NFC Divisional Playoffs Betting Preview

Screen Shot 2017-01-12 at 3.35.50 PMNFL Divisional round as the Seattle Seahawks, who won the NFC West, visit the Atlanta Falcons, who won the NFC South. The Seahawks beat the Lions in the Wildcard round, 26-6; while the Falcons are coming off a bye week. This contest takes place Saturday, Jan 14th, at the Georgia Dome with a start time of 4:35 pm EST.

Vegas odds have the Falcons listed as 4 point favorites, while the total has been set at 51. This contest will be televised on FOX with a start time of 4:35 pm EST.

Breaking Down The Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks move on to the divisional round with a 26-6 thumping of the Detroit Lions in the Wildcard round Their defense played very well vs a good Detroit offense as they allowed the Lions to put up just 231 yards of total offense in the game. That defense has really been what has led them this year as they ranked 6th in total yards allowed, 8th vs the pass, 7th vs the run and 3rd in points allowed, giving up just 18.2 ppg. These teams did meet early in the year and while the Seahawks won the game 26-24, they did allow 310 yards passing in the game. They must clean that up in this game, especially here at the Georgia Dome, where this Atlanta offense has been great this year. On offense, the seahawks have not been great this year, especially their running game, but still they have averaged a solid 26 ppg in their last six games and that offense really has a chance to have a good game vs an Atlanta offense that has been bad this year. The Seahawks have been led by Russell Wilson, who threw for 4219 yards with 21 TDs and 11 INTs. His QBR of 92.6 was 14th in the league. The Seahawks ranked 12th in the league in total offense, 10th in passing, 25th in rushing and 18th in scoring, putting up just 22.1 ppg.

Trends: Seattle has gone 15-6-1 ATS in their last 22 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 47-23-2 ATS in their last 72 games on fieldturf, but just 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games after allowing less than 15 points in their previous game and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games after accumulating more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game. The Over is 6-1 in their last 7 Divisional Playoffs games, while the Under is 9-4 in their last 13 games following a straight up win of more than 14 points.

Breaking Down The Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons won the NFC South with an 11-5 record and they won their last four games down the stretch to secure the 2nd seed in the conference. They were 5-3 here at home and they averaged 36.0 ppg in those games, while scoring 28 points or more in their final seven games here at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons have been led all year by their offense, especially down the stretch as they averaged 38.5 ppg over their final four games. Matt Ryan has had a great year as he threw for 4944 yards with 38 TDs and just 7 INTs. His QBR of 117.1 was tops in the league. His favorite target was Julio Jones, who missed a couple of games down the stretch but still finished 2nd in the league in receiving with 1409 yards. During the regular season, the Falcons ranked 2nd in total offense, 3rd in passing, 5th in rushing and 1st in scoring putting up 33.8 ppg on the year. They will test a very good Seattle defense and they will need their offense to have a good showing if they want to win this game, especially with a defense that has been very bad they year for the Falcons. Atlanta comes in ranked 25th in total defense, 28th vs the pass, 17th vs the run and 27th in points allowed, giving up 25.4 ppg.

Trends:  The Falcons have gone 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing more than 30 points in their previous game and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win, but just 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 playoff games. The Over is 10-1-1 in their last 12 vs. NFC, while the Under is Under is 7-2 in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.

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