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Seahawks, Falcons Meet Under Much Different Circumstances

Posted by Stan Simmons on 2/4/2014 5:11:30 AM

The Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons were both listed among the preseason online sports betting favorites to challenge for an NFC title. The Seahawks have established themselves as the frontrunners with an 8-1 start, while Atlanta is already all but eliminated from playoff contention. Injuries and inconsistent play from the outset hurt a Falcons’ team that never really took off from the outset, and it won’t get any easier heading in to this weekend’s game. Seattle overcame a slow start to earn a fourth-straight win with a victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, and continue to show a resilience that most other NFL teams haven’t really shown heading in to this rematch of last year’s NFC Divisional round playoff.

Seattle Seahawks @ Atlanta Falcons

Sunday November 10, 2013 – 1:00 PM ET

Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

NFL Sports Betting News: Seattle – 6.5

While there are those that point out the Seahawks should have never been in a 17-point hole against the winless Jaguars in the first place, it’s just as important to point out they could have let that one get away in what looked to be their second loss of the year. Instead, Seattle rallied for win the game and continue to set the pace atop the NFC, something it will look to do with a stronger start this weekend.

NFL Betting Preview: Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks can’t afford another slow start this week, but the fact that it happened and they overcame it should be a point of emphasis. Seattle was eliminated from last year’s postseason with a loss at Atlanta, so there should be no shortage of motivation this week. The Seahawks’ defense continues to step up and make plays as arguably the best in the NFL, but it’s the offense that will be in the spotlight again this week. Seattle ranks in the bottom-third of the NFL in passing yards despite a strong ground game, and needs more out of second-year quarterback Russell Wilson in order to achieve its goals this season.

NFL Betting Preview: Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons looked completely overmatched again in last week’s loss to the Carolina Panthers, giving up 373 total yards and getting outscored 20-0 in the second half of a 34-10 loss. Atlanta struggled to establish any balance on the offense again with a plodding run game, and Matt Ryan looked uncomfortable in the pocket from the outset. It hasn’t helped that Roddy White remains sidelined along with Julio Jones, leading to the once high-flying attack stalling. The Falcons’ defense has also struggled against both the run and pass, and will have a tough time slowing down the Seahawks’ attack.

NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

The Seattle running game is primed for a big performance led by Marshawn Lynch against an Atlanta defense that ranks 20th against the run, and that should open up more space for Wilson to move the ball downfield vertically. The Seahawks’ defense will be eager to step up and help avenge last year’s playoff loss, and that could mean a big performance building on the momentum from last week’s online betting comeback win.

NFL Betting Pick: Seattle Seahawks – 6.5


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