The Seattle Seahawks are on an incredible run. They ended the season on a winning streak and entered the NFL playoffs with the hopes of advancing to the Super Bowl.
After they were down 14-0 against the Washington Redskins, they mounted an incredible comeback to advance to the next round of the playoffs. Now they head to Atlanta to take on the Falcons as they attempt to continue their great play.
Seattle Seahawks vs Atlanta Falcons odds: The betting line on this game opened with the Falcons listed as (-3) point favorites, but after the big win over the Redskins, the Seahawks got the attention of the betting public. The line is as
low as (-1) in some sports books and could get even lower by kickoff.
The Seahawks are powered by an incredible defense that will be shorthanded up front for this game. Defensive end Chris Clemons is lost to a torn ACL injury and this is a huge loss. Clemons registered 11.5 sacks and that will leave a big hole to fill.
The matchup to watch will be cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner vs wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones. Sherman and Browner are two of the most talented defensive backs in the league yet they struggled in the last meeting. White and Jones were targeted 28 times and caught 17 passes for 205 yards the last time these teams met.
If the Falcons really want to take advantage of this matchup they can stretch the field with White and Jones and look for veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez underneath.
The Seahawks will be hard-pressed to keep this game close after a big defensive effort. The Seahawks are 10-22 ATS in their last 32 games after allowing less than 15 points in their previous game and 6 -20-1 ATS in their last 27 games after allowing less than 250 total yards in their previous game.
The Falcons are 35-17-2 ATS in their last 54 games following a loss against the spread and 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 games after accumulating less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game.
The Falcons and quarterback Matt Ryan have plenty to prove as they have yet to find success in the playoffs. The Falcons use that chip on their shoulder for motivation and win a big game at home in front of a rowdy fan base.
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