Kickoff is scheduled for 4:35 p.m. Eastern and the game will be televised by FOX.
Here’s a complete look at all the betting info you need to know, as well as our prediction for the Divisional Round game below:
Falcons vs. Seahawks Divisional Round Betting Info
Note: All odds and numbers courtesy of OddsShark.com and are updated as of January 13
Spread: Falcons (-4)
Betting Percentages: 56 percent for the Falcons (-4)
Betting Percentages: 62 percent for the OVER
Season Results: Falcons 11-5 straight up; 10-6 against the spread; 14-2 for the OVER — Seahawks 11-5-1 straight up; 8-8-1 against the spread; 9-8 for the OVER
The Seahawks defense hasn’t quite been the same since losing safety Earl Thomas in early December, despite holding the Lions to 6 points in the Wild-Card victory. The Falcons are a different beast offensively. In fact, they led the league in scoring (33.8 points per game).
Seattle can score some points, too. The Seahawks have put up at least 24 in four consecutive games. And the Falcons aren’t known for their defense, allowing 25.4 PPG. This one likely won’t be a typical Falcons-Saints-like shootout, but it’s not going to be a defensive battle.
Before getting to the pick, let’s take a look at some recent betting trends. The Falcons are 4-2 against the spread in the past 6 games and the OVER has won on 5 straight. The OVER has come in on 4 of the past 6 Seahawks games and they are 1-4 against the spread on the road in the past 5.
So how is it going to shake out?
Matt Ryan and Julio Jones carved up the Seahawks secondary in Week 6 and that was with Thomas in the lineup. With Jones, Muhamed Sanu and (now healthy) playmaker Taylor Gabriel, the Falcons’ passing game will be at full-strength. And don’t forget about running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, who are above-average receivers. The two combined for just 50 yards rushing in the Week 6 meeting, but expect a heavy dose of them (including on the receiving end) on Saturday.
The Seahawks got 161 yards on 27 carries from Thomas Rawls in the Wild-Card game vs. Detroit. They’ll need another strong effort from the running game to control the clock and keep Ryan and Co. off the field. That can be done against the Falcons, who are a middle-of-the-pack rush D.
But you can also expect to see Russell Wilson air it out often, especially in the direction of Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham, as Atlanta has struggled to defend the tight end. Seattle’s offensive line can be a sieve with Wilson getting sacked 41 times in the regular season and 3 more visits to the turf in the playoff game. They’ll have to know where Atlanta linebacker and NFL sack leader Vic Beasley Jr. (15.5 sacks) is at all times.
In the end, the Falcons offense and home field advantage is going to be too much for the Seahawks, who have been beaten up by top quarterbacks lately. Atlanta gets revenge for the Week 6 loss and gets into their first NFC Championship since 2013.
The Pick: Falcons 27, Seahawks 21 (Falcons win straight up, Falcons cover the spread (-4), the UNDER wins (51.5)
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