Falcons vs Seahawks Betting Preview
The 8-1 Seattle Seahawks get another chance to prove their recent funk is a fluke when they fly east to play the 2-6 Atlanta Falcons Sunday afternoon at the Georgia Dome (1 pm ET, Fox).
Seattle held on to the best record in the NFC by rallying from an early 21-0 deficit to beat Tampa Bay Sunday 27-24 in overtime. However, the Seahawks came nowhere close to covering the spread as 16-point favorites. Its the second straight week the Seahawks eked out victories over weak teams and the Falcons look like the third in a row.
Atlanta, on the other hand, continued with its losing ways Sunday, falling at Carolina 34-10. So the Falcons are now a pocket-picking 2-6 ATS this season.
These two teams just met in an NFC playoff game last January, a game Atlanta won 30-28. The Falcons led 27-7 in the third quarter, allowed Seattle to come back and take the lead, then kicked a field goal in the waning seconds to win.
In the early betting for Sunday's game some books opened the Seahawks as four-point favorites, then quickly bumped Seattle to -6.
The Falcons are 1-5 ATS past six vs NFC West teams, while the Seahawks are 5-1 ATS past six vs NFC South teams, angles that favor the Seahawks at -4, according to Bovada.
They will face the 8-1 Seahawks, who own a 5-4 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Falcons are 5-3 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Seahawks are 5-4 favoring the OVER.
This game matches up the No. 16 (Falcons) and the No. 5 (Seahawks) teams in the league, according to our current NFL Power Rankings at OddsShark. A 30-16 result in favor of the Seahawks is predicted by handicapping models.
The Seahawks were a 27-24 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Buccaneers. They failed to cover the 16-point spread as favorites, while the total score (51) made winners of OVER bettors.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Atlanta's No. 18-ranked offense (22 PPG) against a Seahawks defense that ranks No. 3 at 16.56 PPG. The Falcons passing attack has averaged 289.25 yards per game, more than the Seahawks give up through the air (179.78 YPG on average).
In comparing defenses, the Seahawks own the league's No. 21-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 124.8 yards per game when on the road. Atlanta, on the other hand, rates No. 32 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
A few Seahawks at Falcons trends to consider:
Seattle is 16-7 ATS in its last 23 games
Seattle is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Seattle is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Seattle's last 7 games
Atlanta is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Atlanta is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 7 games
Atlanta is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Seattle at Minnesota, Sunday, November 17th
Atlanta at Tampa Bay, Sunday, November 17th