<![CDATA[NFL RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots - 2/5/17 Super Bowl 51 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/02/05/atlanta-falcons-vs-new-england-patriots-2/5/17-super-bowl-51-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons meet Sunday night in Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on FOX.

The New England Patriots enter this game on a nine-game winning streak after beating up the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship. The New England Patriots hope to win their fifth Super Bowl crown in franchise history. The Pats get a lot of their headlines because of quarterback Tom Brady, and for good reason, he has 11 touchdown passes in his last four games. Brady plays his best in big games and has made the most out of guys such as Chris…

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The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons meet Sunday night in Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on FOX.

The New England Patriots enter this game on a nine-game winning streak after beating up the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship. The New England Patriots hope to win their fifth Super Bowl crown in franchise history. The Pats get a lot of their headlines because of quarterback Tom Brady, and for good reason, he has 11 touchdown passes in his last four games. Brady plays his best in big games and has made the most out of guys such as Chris Hogan and James White. However, the Patriots defense has allowed 17 or less points in five straight games and has four interceptions in two playoff games. Logan Ryan leads the Pats with 16 tackles, Malcom Brown has one sack and Devin McCourty has one interception. The Patriots are 13-1 SU this season when allowing 21 or less points. When you add that defensive effort with what New England can do on the offensive end, the Patriots are basically impossible to beat.

The Atlanta Falcons have won six straight games and are fresh off a win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship. The Atlanta Falcons have a shot at their first Super Bowl victory in franchise history. The Falcons head into the big game with one of the scarier offenses we’ve seen in a while, as Atlanta has scored 28 or more points in eight straight games and outside both playoff opponents by a combined score of 80-41. Matt Ryan has three or more touchdown passes in seven of his last 11 games, and he has a gang of weapons led by Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Devonta Freeman. The Falcons have scored 23 or more points in every game this season expect their week 10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Defensively, the Falcons have five sacks and three interceptions in two playoff games and have allowed 21 or less points in six of their last eight games. Keanu Neal leads Atlanta with 17 tackles, Brooks Reed has one sack and Ricardo Allen has two interceptions.

The Patriots are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 playoff games and 5-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Falcons are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 playoff games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Patriots are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.

I picked against the Falcons in both playoff games and got toasted. The Falcons have an offense that's just unstoppable, as they've scored at least 28 points in every game the last two months. That's likely not going to change here given that the Super Bowl will be played in a dome and a fast track where the Atlanta players will be comfortable and able to stick to their usual game plan. The Patriots are who they are, a well oiled machine that relies on Brady, a quick passing game and a defense that seems to come away with big plays in the biggest moments. It's tough to bet against New England, especially when Bill Belichick has an extra week to prepare. However, I'm backing the Falcons to win the Super Bowl. I'm finally on the Atlanta bandwagon.

I'm not sure the Patriots will be able to match the Falcons score for score, as Atlanta has the pressure defense that can rattle Brady a bit and make him unconformable. Just look what the Falcons defense did to Russell Wilson and a red hot Aaron Rodgers. If they can do that, the Falcons can do just enough to frustrate Tom Brady. I’ve seen nothing the last eight games that makes me think the Falcons offense is going to slow down. Matt Ryan and that Atlanta offense is just too explosive and dialed in. Atlanta gets its first NFL crown.

See you guys in eight more months!

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Sun, 05 Feb 2017 10:45:00 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=73142
<![CDATA[New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers - 1/22/17 NFL Playoffs AFC Championship Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/01/22/new-england-patriots-vs-pittsburgh-steelers-1/22/17-nfl-playoffs-afc-championship-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Coming up on Sunday, January 22 from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, the NFL is bringing us the AFC Championship between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots. 

Pittsburgh earned the trip to this game with a win over the Dolphins 30-12 in the divisional round and a tight 18-16 victory over the Chiefs this past weekend. In that game, Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell led the charge with 170 yards on 30 carries while WR Antonio Brown put up 108 yards on six catches. 

During the postseason so far, Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger is 33-of-49…

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Coming up on Sunday, January 22 from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, the NFL is bringing us the AFC Championship between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots. 

Pittsburgh earned the trip to this game with a win over the Dolphins 30-12 in the divisional round and a tight 18-16 victory over the Chiefs this past weekend. In that game, Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell led the charge with 170 yards on 30 carries while WR Antonio Brown put up 108 yards on six catches. 

During the postseason so far, Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger is 33-of-49 for 421 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Bell has been great in the playoffs for the Steelers with 59 rushes, 337 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Brown is tops in receiving with 11 receptions on 20 targets for 232 yards and two scores. 

As for the Patriots, they finished the regular season with a No. 1 seed and a first-round bye, then took care of business against the Texans this past weekend 34-16. New England started out fairly slowly in that game, but finished strong for a 34-16 victory. 

New England QB Tom Brady finished off a great (yet shortened) regular season with 3554 yards, 28 touchdowns and just two picks, while RB LeGarrette Blount led the team on the ground with 1161 yards and 18 scores. Wide receiver Julian Edelman was tops for New England in receiving with 98 catches, 1106 yards and three scores. 

The Steelers are 2-0-2 ATS in their last four playoff games, and 5-0 ATS in their last five road games. Pittsburgh is also 7-1-1 ATS in the last nine games overall, and 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight versus the AFC. 

Meanwhile, New England is 4-0 ATS versus a team with a winning record, and 5-0 ATS in their last five versus the AFC. The Patriots are also 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games overall, and 6-0 ATS in their last six games following a straight-up win. 

This should be a great game, and an instant classic. It’s a tough one to call, though: New England has looked very strong all year, but if there’s one AFC team that can topple them it’s scrappy Pittsburgh. Interestingly enough, this will continue the trend of just four quarterbacks representing the AFC in the Super Bowl since 2003 (Joe Flacco and Peyton Manning being the other two), so Roethlisberger and Brady are the two players to watch here. Expect a heavy dose of ball control and Le’Veon Bell on the Steelers side as they attempt to keep Brady off the field. If Big Ben can augment that with a few pinpoint throws, Pittsburgh can stay in this game. I still think the Patriots win here, but it should be a tight one and the Steelers have a good shot at eking out a cover.

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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:19:09 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72026
<![CDATA[Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers - 1/22/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/01/22/atlanta-falcons-vs-green-bay-packers-1/22/17-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons meet Sunday in the NFL NFC Championship at the Georgia Dome.

The Green Bay Packers look for another road victory after beating the Dallas Cowboys, 34-31. The Green Bay Packers also look for their fourth Super Bowl appearance since the 1996 season. The Packers have relied heavily on their offense down the stretch, as Aaron Rodgers has 718 passing yards and six touchdowns in the first two playoff games and Green Bay has scored a combined 72 points. The Packers have now scored 30 or more points in six straight…

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The Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons meet Sunday in the NFL NFC Championship at the Georgia Dome.

The Green Bay Packers look for another road victory after beating the Dallas Cowboys, 34-31. The Green Bay Packers also look for their fourth Super Bowl appearance since the 1996 season. The Packers have relied heavily on their offense down the stretch, as Aaron Rodgers has 718 passing yards and six touchdowns in the first two playoff games and Green Bay has scored a combined 72 points. The Packers have now scored 30 or more points in six straight games and they’ve won nine of their last 10 games when that’s the case. There’s also a chance Jordy Nelson returns from a rib injury, giving help to Davante Adams and Randall Cobb, who have combined for 25 playoff receptions. Defensively, Jake Ryan leads the Packers with 16 tackles, Micah Hyde has one sack and Damarious Randall has one interception. The Packers are allowing 397 yards and 22 points in the postseason.

The Atlanta Falcons look for another victory after beating the Seattle Seahawks, 36-20. The Atlanta Falcons also look for their second Super Bowl appearance and first since the 1998 season. The Falcons are also red hot offensively, scoring no less than 28 points in seven straight games, and they’ve gone 11-2 SU this season when reaching that mark. Matt Ryan has two or more touchdown passes in five straight games and is coming off a contest in which he completed 70.3 percent of his passes. While Julio Jones gets all the attention, Atlanta had four receivers with at least 44 receiving yards in the divisional round. Defensively, Keanu Neal leads the Falcons with 11 tackles, Jonathan Babineaux has one sack and Deion Jones has one interception. The Falcons are allowing 309 yards and 20 points in the postseason.

The Packers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 playoff games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Falcons are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 playoff games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Packers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Atlanta and the underdog is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 meetings.

The Packers and Falcons met in the Georgia Dome in late-October, a game Atlanta won by one point and needed a touchdown in the final 30 seconds to get the job done. That was the game that pretty much started the Packers downfall and had many questioning the future of the team. Well, now the Packers are the hottest team in the league and have a quarterback who is playing out of his mind. The Falcons have scored 33 or more points in five straight games and just torched one of the top defenses in Seattle. This is a game that's likely going to be a shootout and it could come down to which offense has the ball last. I don't have much confidence in either defense getting many stops.

Points usually come in handy in games like this, and I have more confidence in Rodgers finding a way to win than I do Ryan, who has just two career playoff victories. I had the Packers winning the Super Bowl heading into the playoffs and there's no reason to turn back now. I'm taking Green Bay and the points in a game that's likely going to go back and forth.

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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:58:09 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=72023
<![CDATA[New England Patriots vs. Houston Texans - 1/14/17 NFL Playoffs Divisional Round Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/01/14/new-england-patriots-vs-houston-texans-1/14/17-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Coming up on Saturday, January 14 from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, the NFL is bringing us AFC Divisional Round playoff action as the Houston Texans visit the New England Patriots. 

Houston earned the trip to this game after posting a 9-7 record in the regular season to win the AFC South, then beating the Raiders 27-14 in the Wild Card Round last weekend. In that one, Texans QB Brock Osweiler went 14-of-25 for 168 yards, throwing for one touchdown and running for another. Houston RB Lamar Miller also had a good outing with 31 carries for 73 yards and a TD of his…

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Coming up on Saturday, January 14 from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, the NFL is bringing us AFC Divisional Round playoff action as the Houston Texans visit the New England Patriots. 

Houston earned the trip to this game after posting a 9-7 record in the regular season to win the AFC South, then beating the Raiders 27-14 in the Wild Card Round last weekend. In that one, Texans QB Brock Osweiler went 14-of-25 for 168 yards, throwing for one touchdown and running for another. Houston RB Lamar Miller also had a good outing with 31 carries for 73 yards and a TD of his own. 

This season, Osweiler led the Texans with 2957 yards passing, 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions, while Miller put up 1073 rush yards and five touchdowns. Leading Houston in receiving this year was DeAndre Hopkins with 78 catches, 954 yards and four touchdowns. 

Over on the Patriots side, they cruised through the season on the way to a 14-2 record and yet another AFC East title. After a loss to the Seahawks on November 13, New England won their final seven games, including their most recent pair against divisional rivals New York and Miami. In those two games, the Pats dominated with a combined 76-17 score. 

Leading the way as usual behind center this year is Tom Brady at QB, who put up 3554 yards, 28 touchdowns and just two picks for New England this year. The Patriots’ leading rusher this season is LeGarrette Blount, with 1161 yards and 18 touchdowns, while Julian Edelman led the receivers with 98 catches for 1106 yards. 

Houston is 2-5 ATS versus a team with a winning record, and 2-5 ATS in their last seven versus the AFC. The Texans are also 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games, and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall. 

Meanwhile, the Patriots are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up win, and 4-0 ATS in their last four games following an ATS win. New England is also 4-0 ATS in their last four versus the AFC, and 6-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record. 

You won’t find a whole lot of people picking the Texans to win this game, as it would be nothing short of a total shock for New England to lose. The Patriots are playing at home and smoking hot on that winning streak, driven to prove themselves once again after Tom Brady’s suspension (which seems like a distant memory now). Houston surprised a lot of people with that win last weekend, but expecting Osweiler to keep up with Brady here is simply too much. Although the line is huge, the Patriots aren’t going to let off the gas pedal and look good for a cover here.

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Mon, 09 Jan 2017 21:26:31 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=71021
<![CDATA[Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers - 1/15/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/01/15/dallas-cowboys-vs-green-bay-packers-1/15/17-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys meet Sunday in the NFL NFC divisional playoffs at AT&T Stadium on FOX.

The Green Bay Packers enter this game on a seven-game winning streak after beating the New York Giants last week. The Green Bay Packers hope to make the NFC championship for the second time in three years. In the Packers win over the Giants, Aaron Rodgers had four touchdown passes and now has 12 touchdown passes in his last three games overall. Davante Adams and Randall Cobb combined for 241 receiving yards and four touchdowns, while Jordy…

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The Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys meet Sunday in the NFL NFC divisional playoffs at AT&T Stadium on FOX.

The Green Bay Packers enter this game on a seven-game winning streak after beating the New York Giants last week. The Green Bay Packers hope to make the NFC championship for the second time in three years. In the Packers win over the Giants, Aaron Rodgers had four touchdown passes and now has 12 touchdown passes in his last three games overall. Davante Adams and Randall Cobb combined for 241 receiving yards and four touchdowns, while Jordy Nelson had one catch before leaving the game with a rib injury. As long as Rodgers continues to play quarterback at this level, Green Bay may be the scariest team left in the playoffs. Defensively, the Packers improved unit has allowed 13 or less points in four of their last seven games. The Packers have actually won 10 straight games when allowing 27 or less points.

The Dallas Cowboys have won 13 of their last 15 games and had an extra week to prepare after winning the NFC East. The Dallas Cowboys look to make their first conference championship since the 1995 NFL season. Dak Prescott is completing 67.8 percent of his passes for 3,667 yards, 23 touchdowns and four interceptions. Prescott has one or less touchdown pass in four of his last five games. Cole Beasley and Dez Bryant have combined for 1,629 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Jason Witten has 69 receptions. The Dallas Cowboys ground game is averaging 149.8 yards per contest, and Ezekiel Elliott leads the way with 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns. Defensively, Dallas is allowing 19.1 points and 343.9 yards per game. Sean Lee leads the Dallas Cowboys with 145 tackles, Benson Mayowa has six sacks and Barry Church has two interceptions.

The Packers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 playoff games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Cowboys are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 playoff games. The Packers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Dallas and the home team is 10-4 ATS in their last 14 meetings.

The Green Bay Packers did get beat up by the Dallas Cowboys in mid-October, and that was actually the game that started the snowball of bad football, injuries and question marks surrounding the team. I think it's safe to say that the last meeting doesn't hold much weight given how the Packers are playing at this present moment. The bottom line is that the Packers are playing like the Packers we expected to see before the season started, as Rodgers is playing at an MVP level and the defense has improved since getting some guys back from injury. Even with the Cowboys rested and eager to get the monkey off their back, I don't feel comfortable picking against this red hot Green Bay team that's putting truckloads of points on the board. Rodgers is lighting it up, and the Cowboys were 26th in the league this season in passing yards allowed per game. Green Bay will score quite a bit and if it becomes a shootout, I don't have much confidence in Prescott making enough plays to keep up.

I like the Packers to win this thing outright, but I'll take the points just to be safe.

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Mon, 09 Jan 2017 02:02:46 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=70925
<![CDATA[Kansas City Chiefs vs. Pittsburgh Steelers - 1/15/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/01/15/kansas-city-chiefs-vs-pittsburgh-steelers-1/15/17-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs meet Sunday in the NFL AFC divisional playoffs at Arrowhead Stadium on NBC.

The Pittsburgh Steelers enter this game on an eight-game winning streak after waxing the Miami Dolphins last Saturday, 30-12. The Pittsburgh Steelers haven’t made the AFC conference championship since the 2010 NFL season. In the win over the Dolphins, Le'Veon Bell set a Steelers postseason record with 167 rushing yards and two touchdowns, simply gashing a Miami defense that entered the game banged up. Ben Roethlisberger completed…

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The Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs meet Sunday in the NFL AFC divisional playoffs at Arrowhead Stadium on NBC.

The Pittsburgh Steelers enter this game on an eight-game winning streak after waxing the Miami Dolphins last Saturday, 30-12. The Pittsburgh Steelers haven’t made the AFC conference championship since the 2010 NFL season. In the win over the Dolphins, Le'Veon Bell set a Steelers postseason record with 167 rushing yards and two touchdowns, simply gashing a Miami defense that entered the game banged up. Ben Roethlisberger completed 72.2 percent of his passes for two touchdowns and two interceptions, while Antonio Brown had 124 receiving yards and two touchdowns on five receptions. The Steelers offense is clearly the driving force of this Pittsburgh team, and they’ve won 21 of their last 23 games when scoring 24 or more points. Defensively, the Steelers have allowed 20 or less points in six of their last eight games.

The Kansas City Chiefs have won five of their last six games and had an extra week to prepare after winning the AFC West. The Kansas City Chiefs have not made the AFC conference championship since the 1993 NFL season. Alex Smith is completing 67.1 percent of his passes for 3,502 yards, 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Smith has one or less touchdown pass in 10 of his last 13 games. Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill have combined for 1,718 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Jeremy Maclin has 44 receptions. The Kansas City Chiefs ground game is averaging 109.3 yards per contest, and Spencer Ware leads the way with 921 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Kansas City is allowing 19.4 points and 368.5 yards per game. Derrick Johnson leads the Kansas City Chiefs with 90 tackles, Dee Ford has 10 sacks and Marcus Peters has six interceptions.

The Steelers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 1-3-2 ATS in their last 6 playoff games. The Chiefs are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 playoff games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Steelers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings in Kansas City and the home team is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings.

The same way the Steelers were a different team after the Dolphins beat them in the regular season, the same can be said for the Chiefs, who have won 10 of their last 12 games since losing to Pittsburgh 43-14 back in early October. The Kansas City Chiefs have allowed 21 or less points in nine of their last 12 games and have the secondary to give this Pittsburgh offense problems. Speaking of the Pittsburgh offense, Roethlisberger left the Miami game in a walking boot, which can't be good for his practice schedule this week. Also, coach Andy Reid is 16-2 when having an extra week to prepare. Add the fact Kansas City is never an easy place to win, and you have to give a considerable edge to the Chiefs to win this game.

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Mon, 09 Jan 2017 01:07:27 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=70922
<![CDATA[Atlanta Falcons vs. Seattle Seahawks - 1/14/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/01/14/atlanta-falcons-vs-seattle-seahawks-1/14/17-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons meet Saturday afternoon in the NFC divisional playoffs at the Georgia Dome on FOX.

The Seattle Seahawks look for another big playoff win after beating the Detroit Lions last Saturday, 26-6. The Seattle Seahawks hope to get to their third NFC Championship in the last four seasons. In the victory over the Lions, Russell Wilson completed 76.7 percent of his passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns, proving he’s in total control of the Seattle offense and is more than capable of taking his game to the next level.…

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The Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons meet Saturday afternoon in the NFC divisional playoffs at the Georgia Dome on FOX.

The Seattle Seahawks look for another big playoff win after beating the Detroit Lions last Saturday, 26-6. The Seattle Seahawks hope to get to their third NFC Championship in the last four seasons. In the victory over the Lions, Russell Wilson completed 76.7 percent of his passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns, proving he’s in total control of the Seattle offense and is more than capable of taking his game to the next level. Thomas Rawls also led the Seahawks with 161 rushing yards, while Doug Baldwin and Paul Richardson combined for 152 receiving yards and two touchdowns. If the Seahawks are going to have a ground game these playoffs, their offense is just that much scarier to defend. Defensively, the Seattle Seahawks are who they are and have now won 30 of their last 34 games when allowing 30 or less points. The Seahawks have also allowed seven or less points in three of their last six games.

The Atlanta Falcons enter the playoffs on a four-game winning streak and have had an extra week to prepare after winning the NFC South. The Atlanta Falcons haven’t made the NFC conference championship since the 2004 season. Matt Ryan is completing 69.9 percent of his passes for 4,944 yards, 38 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Ryan has two or more touchdown passes in seven of his last nine games. Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu have combined for 2,062 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Taylor Gabriel has 35 receptions. The Atlanta Falcons ground game is averaging 120.5 yards per contest, and Devonta Freeman leads the way with 1,079 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Atlanta is allowing 25.4 points and 371.2 yards per game. Deion Jones leads the Atlanta Falcons with 108 tackles, Vic Beasley Jr. has 15.5 sacks and Ricardo Allen has two interceptions.

The Seahawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 47-23-2 ATS in their last 72 games on fieldturf. The Falcons are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC. The underdog is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.

The Atlanta Falcons have not made the playoffs since the 2012 season and have just one playoff victory since 2011. We know what we're getting with the Seattle Seahawks, a team that seems to be taking yearly trips to the Super Bowl and has a lights out defense that travels well. Also, the Falcons haven't played a team with a winning record since December 4. I know the Falcons are rested and the October meeting between the Seahawks and Falcons had some questionable calls that didn't go Atlanta's way. So, there will be extra motivation for the Falcons in this contest. However, this is a lot of points to be giving the Seahawks given just how money they've been over the years, especially in the playoffs. The value is with the Seahawks and the points in a game they can win outright. 

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Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:38:43 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=70919
<![CDATA[Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers- 1/8/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/01/08/miami-dolphins-at-pittsburgh-steelers-1/8/17-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Miami Dolphins look to pull off the huge playoff upset on Sunday as they head into Heinz Field to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Dolphins are looking for some playoff magic from career backup Matt Moore as he will take the field behind center and run the Dolphins offense as Ryan Tannehill has officially been ruled out with a knee injury that has kept him out for weeks. The Dolphins will have to rely on the ground game if they’re going to find any success and with the way Jay Ajayi has played since week six he is more than capable of handling the work load but against a Steelers…

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The Miami Dolphins look to pull off the huge playoff upset on Sunday as they head into Heinz Field to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Dolphins are looking for some playoff magic from career backup Matt Moore as he will take the field behind center and run the Dolphins offense as Ryan Tannehill has officially been ruled out with a knee injury that has kept him out for weeks. The Dolphins will have to rely on the ground game if they’re going to find any success and with the way Jay Ajayi has played since week six he is more than capable of handling the work load but against a Steelers offense that can shred teams apart at will the Dolphins know they have their work cut out for them here. Miami’s defense has been dreadful for the most part this season and while they do have some play makers up front in the form of Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh it won’t be nearly enough to contain a Steelers team that has the likes of Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell at this disposal of Ben Roethlisberger.

The Steelers have had some blips on the radar this season but have also put up some very impressive performances with their demolition of the second seeded Chiefs coming to mind and if they are clicking on offense and force the Dolphins to throw the football this one could be over by half time. Pittsburgh does have some play makers on the defensive side of the ball led by Ryan Shazier but their bread and butter over the last few seasons has been their offense, and as we saw against the Bengals last year they have a group of receivers more than capable of thriving in the big moments. The line here continues to go up as the status of Tannehill shifted this one above double digits and in some books it is trending north of 12 points and could approach two scores before kickoff.

The Dolphins are 1-4 ATS in their last five road playoff games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 against a team with a winning record while the Steelers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven home playoff games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last six against the AFC. This line is getting out of control but the Steelers just outclass the Dolphins in every facet of this game and if the Texans can beat the Raiders by two scores than the Steelers can do the same to the Dolphins.

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Sun, 08 Jan 2017 00:25:17 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=70868
<![CDATA[New York Giants at Green Bay Packers- 1/8/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/01/08/new-york-giants-at-green-bay-packers-1/8/17-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The New York Giants look for another wild card to the Super Bowl as they kick off their playoff push at Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers.

The Giants are back in the postseason and this group is drawing comparisons to their last two Super Bowl winners as they take to the road as the fifth seed in the NFC and will take on the Packers in Green Bay on Sunday. New York has ridden the play of their much improved defense that is littered with free agent acquisitions but in order to keep this one close and perhaps pull off the upset win the Giants are going to need a big afternoon…

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The New York Giants look for another wild card to the Super Bowl as they kick off their playoff push at Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers.

The Giants are back in the postseason and this group is drawing comparisons to their last two Super Bowl winners as they take to the road as the fifth seed in the NFC and will take on the Packers in Green Bay on Sunday. New York has ridden the play of their much improved defense that is littered with free agent acquisitions but in order to keep this one close and perhaps pull off the upset win the Giants are going to need a big afternoon from Eli Manning, Odell Beckham, and the rest of the offense. New York fell short of the Cowboys in the NFC East but qualified thanks to a respectable regular season and as we have seen with this group in year’s past, they are more than capable of playing on the big stage and Eli has a knack for finding ways to win games that many think is out of the question.

The Packers meanwhile won their final six games of the regular season and claimed the NFC North title and thus have home field advantage for Sunday’s wild card round against the Giants. Aaron Rodgers was on another level in the second half of the season and is certainly worthy of MVP discussion once again as he turned a 4-6 team that was getting highly criticized for their predictable, ineffective offense to a division winner after proclaiming his team would win their final six games of the season. The Packers are always a tough out at home and even more so when it comes to playoff football and as such they are pretty substantial favourites in this spot considering it is the 4-5 matchup which usually corresponds to a relatively close point spread.

The Giants are 9-0 ATS in their last nine road playoff games and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall while the Packers are 5-1 in their last six ATS overall and 4-0 ATS in their last four wild card games. This Giants team in some eyes has overachieved while the Packers are finally hitting their stride, but in a game that figures to be a shootout I think the Giants can stay within striking distance here in what should be an incredibly exciting game. 

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Sun, 08 Jan 2017 00:13:01 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=70865
<![CDATA[Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks- 1/7/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2017/01/07/detroit-lions-at-seattle-seahawks-1/7/17-nfl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Seattle Seahawks look for a big home field victory over the Detroit Lions as the NFC Wild Card Round kicks off Saturday night at Century Link Field.

The Lions have their work cut out for them this Saturday as they take to the road to match up against the Seattle Seahawks after backing their way into the playoffs last weekend and if they’re going to get the victory or even keep this one close they are going to need a big effort from Matthew Stafford. The Lions have had some big wins this season and a lot of it has to do with the late game heroics of their former Georgia Bulldog and…

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The Seattle Seahawks look for a big home field victory over the Detroit Lions as the NFC Wild Card Round kicks off Saturday night at Century Link Field.

The Lions have their work cut out for them this Saturday as they take to the road to match up against the Seattle Seahawks after backing their way into the playoffs last weekend and if they’re going to get the victory or even keep this one close they are going to need a big effort from Matthew Stafford. The Lions have had some big wins this season and a lot of it has to do with the late game heroics of their former Georgia Bulldog and against a Seattle side that has been a bit inconsistent this season and is without Earl Thomas they are certainly in a position to be exploited if he can have a strong game. The Lions will also need a big night from their defensive front as the likes of Ziggy Ansah need to get pressure on Russell Wilson and contain his ability to move the ball with his feet as that dimension really opens things up for the Seattle offense.

The Seahawks have been a polarizing team in the NFC this season as some have them pegged for another deep playoff run while others think they are a one and done, even against a team like Detroit who doesn’t match up overly well with Seattle. The Seahawks though do have the benefit of having much more playoff experience and are playing in front of one of the loudest fan bases in the NFL and the “12’s” can certainly play a factor in this game and with Richard Sherman calling on the fans to create some havoc you can be sure they will answer the call. Seattle is favoured by more than a touchdown but the public is backing the Lions right now as the line in this one could move closer to the seven point mark by kickoff.

The Lions are 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall and are 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games while the Seahawks are 5-1 in their last six ATS on turf and are 5-1 ATS in their last six after failing to cover the week before. This is a tough one to call as the Seahawks are the better team and should get the win at home but Stafford and company have stuck around all season and should be able to move the ball. However, a late game close by the Hawks should give them enough to cover as I have them winning by 10.  

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