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Packers vs. Falcons Betting – Falcons Await Packers in NFC Divisional Round

Written by Charlie Jimenez   
Saturday, 15 January 2011 00:15

Packers vs. Falcons Free PicksThe Atlanta Falcons will have waited patiently for two weeks by the time they take the field against the Green Bay Packers for their NFC Divisional Round playoff matchup, and will look to prove how much of a difference the extra week of rest and home field advantage makes. The Falcons earned top spot in the NFC by beating out the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, and will look to capitalize on the chance for the road to the big game to travel through the Georgia Dome.

Luxbet online betting: Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons
Online Sports Betting Odds: Falcons – 2.5

Atlanta will play a Green Bay team that managed to hold off the NFC East champion Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card round, but will be looking for revenge after falling to the Falcons 20-17 during the regular season. A sixth seed has never won the Super Bowl before, a trend the Packers are hoping to end.

Why To Bet On The Packers

Green Bay managed to beat Michael Vick and his new team, now it’s time for them to stop his own team. The Falcons have relied on a strong pay per head ground game to open things up over the top for the pass attack, and after watching the way that the Packers were able to keep Vick and company in check, that could be a difficult task. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers did a masterful job of balancing the Green Bay defense with pressure schemes that still kept Vick in contain, and it will be crucial to keep running back Michael Turner and the Atlanta running game from breaking big gains. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was nearly perfect in his first playoff game, throwing for 180 yards and three touchdowns without turning the ball over, and should be even better within the confines of the Georgia Dome.

Why To Bet On The Falcons

Atlanta lost two games against NFC opponents during the regular season, the Saints and Eagles, and both of them have already been eliminated from the playoffs. Turner paced the league’s 12th-ranked rushing attack with an average of 4.1 yards per carry, scored 12 touchdowns, and should be ready to go after a week off. Quarterback Matt Ryan provided the perfect compliment for Turner, with his football betting ability to stand poised in the pocket and make the accurate throw without turning the ball over. Atlanta won seven of eight games at home this season, and if they can keep up that pace they will find themselves in Dallas this February.

How The Game Will Play Out

The Packers will hang around with a talented group of receivers, but it won’t be enough if they fail to establish the running game. Atlanta will find ways to get on Rodgers, and the fact that he has already suffered two concussions this season leaves him vulnerable. The Falcons had the extra week to game plan and rest, and that will make an even bigger difference.

Packers Falcons Betting Pick: Falcons – 2.5

Last Updated on Friday, 15 July 2011 18:51
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