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Seahawks vs. Falcons Betting Lines

What: NFC Divisional Playoff Round
When: 1:00pm ET. Sunday, January 13, 2013
Where: Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia

In what should be the most competitive game of the week, the Atlanta Falcons host the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Divisional round. Seattle was down early in the wild card round (14-0), but they pitched a shutout the rest of the game and beat the Redskins 24-14 on the road.

Atlanta finished the year 13-3 and won the NFC South, but after starting 8-0 the Falcons struggled a bit. The Falcons have been getting no respect as a #1 seed, but with their 7-1 record at the Georgia Dome it’s hard not to like them in this game. Below are the latest Seahawks vs. Falcons betting lines, updated on Saturday morning. For the most current odds, click on any of the sportsbook links below.

Latest Seahawks vs. Falcons Playoff Odds

The Seahawks vs. Falcons betting lines opened with Atlanta favored by -2 points. Since the lines opened, about 60% of the betting has been on the Falcons, and they’re now -3 (-105) at the Bovada Sportsbook. If you like the Falcons in a tight one, the best bet is on the money line at Bovada, where we can get the Falcons -140. We can also get the Falcons -140 at BetOnline, but that’s giving up 1 point on the spread.

The SEA vs. ATL over/under opened at 44.5 points and has been bet up to 46 points as of Saturday morning.

My Pick: Falcons Money Line of -140 at Bovada.lv

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+1 (+120)
-1 (-140)
+3 (-115)
-3 (-105)
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o46 (-105) / u46 (-115)

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SEA vs. ATL Stats at a Glance

Falcons vs. Seahawks Betting Analysis

I liked Seattle at the start of the NFL playoffs to make a deep run, but I didn’t like the way the Redskins opened up a 14-0 lead with a hobbled QB. Seattle settled down on defense, but their leading pass rusher Chris Clemons tore his ACL in the game and is out now.

Putting pressure on Matt Ryan is imperative if Seattle wants to win. Ryan finished 5th in the NFL with 4719 passing yards and 6th in passing TD’s (32). Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez combined for 264 receptions for 3479 receiving yards and 25 TD’s.

Seattle did rank 6th against the pass (203.1 PYPG) this season, but losing Clemons will hurt them in the pass game. The reason why this spread is so low is because Atlanta only ranked 23rd against the pass (242.4 PYPG) and 21st against the run (123.2 RYPG).

I expect Seattle to try and keep the football away from the Falcons offense by utilizing the run game. Seattle averages 161.2 RYPG (3rd). Last week Lynch gained 132 rushing yards (1 TD) on 20 carries while Wilson added 67 rushing yards on 8 carries against WAS.

Key Match-Ups for Seahawks/Falcons

Seattle struggled early against the Redskins on defense, but they shut them down after a slow start. Richard Sherman was in the face of defenders the entire game and after the game he actually took a punch in the face by Trent Williams.

Earl Thomas had an INT on a deep pass by RGIII last week, but I feel that Brandon Browner struggled a bit in coverage. The WR’s on Atlanta are much better than Washington’s and I think that Browner is going to get beat often in pass coverage.

Lynch and Wilson are both threats to run the football. Lynch is having a career season and his bruising physical play is going to be a problem for a weak Falcons rush defense. Leading tacklers Stephan Nicholas and Sean Witherspoon need to keep Lynch limited.

They also have to be careful of Wilson pulling the football down and running with it. Wilson had some big pick-ups against WAS to pick-up some key first downs and that demoralizes a defense. Atlanta can’t let that happen at the Georgia Dome.

With Clemons out, the pressure is on Irvin to get pressure on Ryan so he can’t sit in the pocket and throw to his stud WR’s and TE. Irvin was 2nd on the team with 8 sacks this year and he picked up 1 of the 2 sacks last week against the Redskins.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons Betting Picks

I’m taking the Falcons money line because I don’t want to give up an even field goal, and because the spread at BetOnline is -1 (-140). No reason to give away the point.

I’ve gone back and forth on this game, but I’m predicting the Falcons win at the Georgia Dome. Atlanta only lost once at home and that was in week 17 against the Buccaneers in a game that didn’t matter. Seattle will keep it close, but the Falcons win by a FG.

The Falcons offense looked unstoppable in the 1st half of the season and I expect that form to return in the playoffs. Atlanta hasn’t performed well in the playoffs the past two years and I think this team will have a chip on their shoulder this Sunday.

If you’re willing to give up points, you can also get the Falcons at -3 (-105) at Bovada.

If you like Seattle in this game, you can get them at +1 (+120) at BetOnline, or +3 (-115) at Bovada.

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