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On Saturday, January 14th, at 4:35 P.M. the (10-5-1) Seattle Seahawks will be on the road to take on the (11-5) Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 2016 NFL Playoffs.
“The Crowd” projects a final score of Falcons 27.5 – Seahawks 24.1 with an over/under of 51.6. The Vegas Line has a final score of Falcons 28.0 – Seahawks 23.5 with an over/under of 51.5.
2016-17 Statistics (32 total teams):
Yards per game: Falcons 415.8 (2nd) > Seahawks 357.2 (12th)
Points per game: Falcons 33.8 (1st) > Seahawks 22.1 (18th)
Turnover margin: Falcons +11 > Seahawks +1
Fewest yards allowed per game: Seahawks 318.7 (5th) > Falcons 371.2 (25th)
Fewest Points allowed per game: Seahawks 18.2 (3rd) > Falcons 25.4 (27th)
Seattle’s defense was locked in last week in their 26-6 victory over the Detroit Lions. Atlanta finished the season very well winning five of their last six games while scoring 30 or more points in all but one of those. The Seahawks won the head to head match-up 26-24 earlier this season in Seattle. Atlanta (+134) ranked 2nd in the league in point differential while Seattle (+62) was 6th. I think Seattle can definitely hold the Falcons offense under 30 points but the question is can they score enough? Seattle has actually scored 24 or more points in five of their last six games. Atlanta has a big advantage in turnover margin so they Seahawks will have to protect the football if they want any shot. Seattle is battle tested from deep playoff runs the last few years while Atlanta hasn’t gotten there since 2012, when ironically, they beat the Seahawks. Because Atlanta’s defense has been so weak I think Seattle will score just enough to win a close one on the road.
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