Packers home to Falcons in NFL betting action
|Atlanta Falcons||Green Bay Packers|
The Green Bay Packers have not yet won a game since QB Aaron Rodgers went down and out with that collarbone injury.
Following a 5-2 start, the Pack is now just a loss or two away from dropping out of the NFC playoff picture.
Rodgers' return is still in doubt as the Packers get ready to host the Atlanta Falcons Sunday at Lambeau Field.
Green Bay might be having problems at quarterback, but its defense hasn't helped any, either, giving up at least 26 points in each of its last six games. The Packers are 1-5 ATS over that span.
Atlanta, meanwhile, just broke a five-game losing streak with a 34-31 overtime victory over Buffalo. Still, the Falcons are 3-9 SU, 4-8 ATS on the season.
In the early betting some books were listing Green Bay as a touchdown favorite over Atlanta at 5Dimes.
Atlanta owns a 6-1 ATS mark in its last 7 games at Green Bay, but overall is mired in a 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games. Green Bay, meanwhile, is 8-2-1 ATS in its last 11 games at home but that positive trend was built on the back of Rodgers. Watch for his status during the week (follow our Twitter guru).
The Falcons will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 4-8 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Packers are 5-6-1 ATS. Atlanta is 7-5 against the total, while Green Bay is 6-6 versus the number.
The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Packers at No. 21 and the Falcons at No. 25 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 22-17 result in favor of the Packers, which might not accurately factor in the absence of Rodgers, so beware this result.
Last time out for Atlanta, they were a 34-31 winner as they battled the Bills on the road. The Falcons covered in the match as a 5-point underdog, while 65 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Matt Ryan led his team to victory last time out, throwing for 311 yards Sunday as the Falcons downed the Bills 34-31 at Rogers Centre.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Green Bay's No. 11-ranked offense, averaging 24.5 PPG, against a Falcons defense that ranks No. 29 this week at 28.33 PPG. The Packers aerial game is averaging 269.25 yards per game, more than the Falcons secondary allows through the air, 247.75 YPG per game.
Defensively, the Falcons feature the league's No. 29-rated road run defense, allowing 146.83 yards per game. Green Bay, meanwhile, ranks No. 3 in rushing offense at home.
A few Falcons at Packers trends to consider:
Atlanta is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games
Atlanta is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games
Atlanta is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Green Bay is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Green Bay is 0-4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Green Bay's last 9 games
Green Bay is 8-2-1 ATS in its last 11 games at home
Atlanta home to Washington, Sunday, December 15th
Green Bay at Dallas, Sunday, December 15th