Atlanta Falcons at Buffalo Bills: Preview and Pick
6 Replies | 241 ViewsOn 11/26/2013 08:00 AM in NFL
The Atlanta Falcons have severely struggled to live up to their high expectations this season. They started the season as a team that had a chance to win the Super Bowl and now they are just another team that is playing for a high draft pick. The Buffalo Bills will welcome the Falcons to the cold great white north as they try and get a win as they build towards the future.
Atlanta Falcons at Buffalo Bills Odds
The opening NFL point spread for this game have the Bills favored by (-3.5) points. This is just one example of how far the Falcons have fallen. The Falcons have also lost the faith of the betting public. The early returns form the betting window show that over 65 percent of the wagers for this game favor the Bills. The point spread has not moved, but make sure to check the top rated online sportsbooks before placing a wager.
The Falcons fall to 2-9, a far cry from this same point last season when they were 10-1 and tied for the best record in the NFL through 11 games.
The Falcons need to find a way to protect their quarterback if they want to win.
The Saints tied their season high with 5 sacks Thursday night with 4 coming in the second half. The Saints sacked Matt Ryan on 16.0% of his dropbacks in the second half, the highest rate the Falcons have allowed in any half this season. The Saints have 19 sacks in the second half this season, tied for the third-most in the league. The Saints have recorded a sack on 9.0% of opponent dropbacks this season, tied with the Rams for the highest rate in the league. Last season, the Saints recorded a sack on 4.6% of opponent dropbacks, the fourth-lowest in the league.
The latest football betting trends for this game favor the Bills. The Falcons are 1-5 against the spread (ATS) in their last 6 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game, 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game and 0-5 ATS in the last five road games. The Bills are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a bye week and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games when playing against a team with a losing road record.
Atlanta Falcons at Buffalo Bills Pick
With plenty of time to go before the start of is big game, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.