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I think both NFC dogs have a great shot at covering. Seattle will beat Atlanta outright, and Green Bay has just as good a chance to do the same to San Francisco so long as they don't let up offensively. I think 3 of the 4 totals go over, with the lone exception being Seattle/Atlanta. Despite the game taking place in the Georgiadome, I think both teams will feel each other out with the running game and the defenses will each rise to the occasion.
Atlanta (13-3) is 56-24 in five seasons under coach Mike Smith, but 0-3 in the playoffs over the previous four. The Falcons have totaled 441 yards and allowed 884 while being outscored 72-23 in their last two playoff contests, including a 48-21 loss to Green Bay two years ago when they also held the NFC's top seed.
Paced by quarterback Matt Ryan, receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones, and future Hall-of-Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez, the Falcons were sixth in the NFL in passing (281.8 yards per game) and seventh in scoring (26.2 points). Ryan tied Peyton Manning with a league-best 68.6 completion percentage and recorded career highs of 4,719 yards and 32 touchdowns under first-year offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.
Seattle had the top rated defense in all of the NFL yielding just 15.3 ppg and their effort especially in the second half against Washington was no exception. Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman, against Atlanta's potent passing attack figures to be the game's most intriguing matchup. Seattle started 1-5 on the road before outscoring Chicago, Buffalo and the Redskins 97-48 to win the last three away from home. Paced by Pro Bowler Marshawn Lynch and rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, the Seahawks have averaged 223.3 rushing yards in those contests. Wilson threw 17 TDs and just two INTs over his final nine games, and his 116.9 passer rating since November is the league's best.
You can pencil me in for both favorites to easily cover in the AFC with the over coming in.
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