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Raiders Falcons Betting Predictions – Raiders Try To Give Falcons Their First Loss

Posted by Tony Bryant on 10/9/2012 7:28:38 PM

The Oakland Raiders are coming off a bye week. They've had two weeks to prepare for the Atlanta Falcons, and they'll need every ounce of preparation they can possibly get.

Oakland Raiders @ Atlanta Falcons – Sunday, October 14   
NFL betting line: Atlanta -9

Why Oakland Will Win

When an online casino flourishes, it does so because cards come up in unexpected combinations and situations, defying the bets that gamblers make. An Oakland Raider victory would certainly cause a number of betting sites to make money, and it's a more possible outcome than you might first think.

The biggest reason to take Oakland in this game is that Atlanta has not played particularly well the past two weeks. The Falcons squeaked by a bad Carolina team at home and then inched past a banged-up and depleted Washington squad this past weekend. The Falcons are not playing particularly crisp or precise football. They're getting beaten for big plays… not all the time, but enough to cause some alarm in their camp. Quarterback Matt Ryan is not on top of his game – he handed Washington a touchdown last week with a bad interception. Atlanta is skating by, and teams that skate by eventually pay a price for failing to perform at a supremely high plateau. The Falcons are vulnerable, and an Oakland team that's coming off a bye week should be fresh and prepared to take on Atlanta.

The Raiders, in addition to gaining rest and added film study for this game, will also be sufficiently humbled and chastened. Oakland didn't show up for its most recent game against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 30. The Raiders will be angry and looking to make a point as they take on the last unbeaten team in the NFC. Just watch – this game could defy your expectations.

Why Atlanta Will Win

In the high-stakes poker contest that is the NFL, you need a calm presence on the field, a voice of reason who can overcome his own mistakes and display the leadership needed to lead a team to victory. Matt Ryan is that man – he has certainly become that kind of field general for head coach Mike Smith and the rest of the Falcons. Ryan is not playing all that well at the moment. The Falcons' offense has failed to finish a number of drives in recent weeks and – though not terrible – is certainly not clicking the way it can. Yet, Ryan is playing through the ups and downs of each and every gameday situation. He is dealing with imperfection by finding ways to win, doing whatever it takes to push his team over the top. With this kind of leadership, Atlanta is in good stead as it prepares to host an Oakland side that is simply not very good. The Raiders looked amateurish in their Sept. 30 loss to Denver. Oakland will have to produce something special just to stay close in this game.

Who Will Win

It’s possible that Oakland – a team that upset the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this season – could rise up and shock Atlanta, especially in light of the fact that the Falcons have squeaked by in recent weeks. However, the Raiders just aren't as physical or as talented as the Falcons, and that's why Atlanta should win comfortably.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Atlanta


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