The Atlanta Falcons will look to stay atop the NFC South standings when they host the struggling San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Gametime is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. Eastern from the Georgia Dome and it will be aired on FOX.
Here’s a complete look at all the betting info you need to know, as well as a prediction of the Week 14 NFL game below:
Falcons vs. 49ers Week 15 Betting Info
Note: All odds and numbers courtesy of OddsShark.com and are updated as of December 17
Spread: Falcons (-13)
Betting Percentages: 70 percent for the Vikings (-13)
Betting Percentages: 70 percent for the OVER
Season Results: Falcons 8-5 straight up; 8-5 against the spread; 11-2 for the OVER — 49ers 1-12 straight up; 2-10-1 against the spread; 7-6 for the OVER
On one side, you have the high-octane Falcons, who at 8-5 are tied atop the NFC South standings with Tampa Bay but hold the tie-breaker. On the other, you have the 49ers, who are 1-12 and coming off a demoralizing 23-17 OT loss to the Jets after leading 17-3 at the half.
San Francisco’s defense is historically bad. The Niners allow a league-worst 170 rushing yards per game and that should have Falcons running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman licking their chops. They’ll be a major part of the offensive gameplan with wide receiver Julio Jones missing his second-straight game (toe). Atlanta will get WR Mohamed Sanu back from injury and Taylor Gabriel continues to make plays on a weekly basis.
The Falcons defense is much better, allowing 26.5 points per game and a league-high 275 passing yards per contest. Luckily for them, San Fran averages less than 20 PPG offensively and haven’t hit that mark in a month.
If the 49ers have any thought of pulling the upset, they’ll need a huge game from running back Carlos Hyde and for quarterback Colin Kaepernick to take advantage of ATL’s porous pass D. Don’t see that happening.
Before our pick, let’s take a look at some betting trends. The OVER has won in 7 of Atlanta’s past 8 games and the UNDER has come in 4 of 5 games for San Francisco. The Falcons are 8-4 against the spread in the past 12 games overall, but just 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games. The 49ers are 1-10-1 against the spread over the past 12 contests.
Despite not having Julio Jones last week, the Falcons rolled past the Rams in Los Angeles. I like the chances of that also happening in Week 15 against the Niners in Georgia. San Francisco can put a dent in Atlanta’s NFC South title aspirations with a win, but the Falcons know a victory keeps them in the driver’s seat.
The Pick: Falcons 37-17 (Falcons win straight up, Falcons cover the spread, the OVER wins)
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