Seattle at Atlanta NFC Divisional Round Betting Odds, Pick & TV Info

Posted by Peter Boysen on January 13, 2017 in

The champions of the NFC West and the NFC South meet on Saturday in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. Atlanta had a bye through the wild card round, but the Seahawks had to eliminate the Detroit Lions, winning 26-6, at home to advance to take on the Falcons. These two teams did square off in Week 6, with Seattle winning at home by a 26-24 score. However, that game ended in controversy as Julio Jones appeared to have been interfered with by Richard Sherman and Earl Jones on a fourth-down pass late. The two teams met in the playoffs four seasons ago, and the Falcons took that meeting, advancing 30-28 on a last-second field goal. Take a look at our prediction for this game as well as all of the NFL betting action for the divisional round.

Seattle at Atlanta NFC Divisional Round Betting Odds, Pick & TV Info

When: Saturday, Jan. 14, 4:35 PM ET
Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta
TV: Fox
RadioSeattle / Atlanta
Stream Option: NFL Live
NFL Odds: Atlanta (-5)

Why should you bet on the Seahawks?

Seattle comes in with the fifth-ranked defense in the NFL — #7 against the run and #8 against the pass. Cliff Avril leads a ferocious pass rush, and linebacker Bobby Wagner led the NFL in tackles during the regular season. Richard Sherman is one of the best shutdown cornerbacks in the game. Safety Earl Thomas is still out with a season-ending injury, but that didn’t lead to the downfield passing avalanche that some expected against Detroit. Matthew Stafford did have a giant splint on his throwing hand, that affected his accuracy, but the Seahawks were able to shut down an offense that had shown a lot of prowess all season long. If they can control the Atlanta offense in the same way, then they have a real chance to get to the NFC Championship next week.

Why should you put your money on the Falcons?

The Seattle Seahawks were 7-1 at home — and 3-4- 1 on the road — during the regular season, and their wild card game was at home, in front of a noisy crowd at CenturyLink Field. Thomas Rawls ran for 161 yards in that game, and the Seahawks averaged more than 110 yards on the ground per game at home. Away from the friendly confines, though, they only averaged 88 yards per game on the ground. They averaged 12 fewer points per game away from home — and Atlanta has a hungry crowd that is ready to see some playoff success once again. While the Seahawks were able to defend Detroit without Earl Thomas, Matt Ryan is just as good as Matthew Stafford — and his middle finger doesn’t have a big splint holding it in place. I like the Falcons to find openings in the Seattle secondary — and the Falcons’ defense had a solid second half of the regular season.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the energy that Seattle brings to the football field, but they definitely tail off away from home. I predict a final score of Atlanta 24, Seattle 16.