Following yet another unbeaten (3-0-1) Sunday of NFL action here at The Sports Geek, we will try and close things out on Monday evening with another big winner.
After a few consecutive weeks of some mediocre match-ups in big prime-time spots, the NFL has treated us here in Week 11. For MNF, two of the NFC’s top teams will be squaring off as Matt Ryan brings his Falcons to the Pacific Northwest to do battle with the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle possesses one of the most dominating homefield advantages – especially in prime-time situations, so it will be interesting to see how the crowd plays a role in this crucial Monday night contest.
Both squads have been plagued by injuries and inconsistency. The Seahawks have lost both Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman for the year, and their defense certainly is not what it used to be. At 6-3, they have a shot at catching the Rams in the NFC West, but you can bet the 5-4 Falcons are still holding out hope they can track down the Saints in the NFC South. This should be an unbelievable match and read on below for all of your betting needs and desires.
Falcons vs. Seahawks Betting Odds:
Atlanta Falcons +1 (-115)
@ Seattle Seahawks -1 (-105)
Over 46 (-110)
Under 46 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Falcons vs. Seahawks Pick:
Something still seems off with the usually high-octane Atlanta Falcons. Even last week – their offense only really took off against the Cowboys once Sean Lee was forced off of the field. And even though Seattle isn’t what they used to be on defense, they still can and will create issues. Earl Thomas still lives in that secondary, and he’ll be making things very difficult on Matt Ryan come Monday evening. A lot of this stems from poor offensive line play. Matt Ryan isn’t getting enough time to connect with Julio Jones downfield, and that will continue against the Seahawks’ defensive front. Expect Michael Bennett and Jarran Reed to easily win their matchups along the line of scrimmage and take full advantage. Things won’t be easy again for Matt Ryan.
Seattle’s offensive line issues meanwhile have been fixed. The trade for Duane Brown has been huge for Russell Wilson and his offense – so you can bet he’ll get some solid protection. With time and space, Wilson should be able to pick apart the Atlanta secondary downfield. The Falcons have some glaringly apparent holes within their stop unit – particularly in that secondary. Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham are both due for big outings. Expect a potent aerial attack from the Seahawks on Monday night, and those chains should be moving.
Atlanta crushed a depleted Cowboys team, and people seem to think they’re poised to go into Seattle on Monday Night Football and beat them. I’m not ready to believe that just yet – despite their impressive analytic numbers. I still need to see more, and I realize the Seahawks too have much more to give. For me, the line is just too short here since the Seahawks are a different beast at home. Look for Ryan’s struggles to continue on Monday night.
PICK = Seahawks -1 (-105)