The Atlanta Falcons host the Seattle Seahawks in NFL action on Sunday. The Falcons have faded away into oblivion this season, while the Seahawks remain in first place in the NFC West.
Nevertheless, the betting market seems to have finally caught up with the Seahawks. After having a great record against the spread, Seattle has not covered in four of its past five games.
Nevertheless, the Seahawks visit Atlanta on Sunday with major sportsbooks like sportsbook.com, topbet, betonline and Bovada as a substantial favorite over the floundering Falcons, who have been called out recently by their head coach for not making an effort to win.
Atlanta has been hit hard by injuries and does not have the weapons on offense it had last season when they beat the Seahawks 30-28 on a last second Matt Ryan scoring drive that eliminated the Seattle from the playoffs.
Ryan has played subpar football of late. The Atlanta quarterback lost Julio Jones his talented wide receiver to injury for the season and Roddy White another receiver has been in and out of the lineup with injuries. Ryan has thrown seven picks over his past two games.
The line at Bovada currently has Seattle favored by 5.5 points with the point total sitting on 45.
The line opened last Sunday with Seattle at -7. However, it has been bet down steadily all week and was at 6 and 5.5 on Saturday.
The dominance that Atlanta once had at home is no longer existent. The Falcons are 2-5 ATS in their past seven games at home and have not covered in five of their past six games overall.
Seattle on the other hand is 7-2 ATS in its past nine games on the road.
Seattle is 4-0 SU since losing to Indianapolis. However, Seattle has not been too impressive the past two games. They rallied last week against Tampa Bay after falling down 21-0 and a week prior to that needed a defensive stand at the goal line to beat St. Louis.
Ryan and the Falcons started 2-3, but since then the season has been turned upside down. Over their past two games, both on the road, the Falcons have lost to Arizona and Carolina.
Ryan has nine touchdown passes and a single interception in Atlanta’s home games this season. Steven Jackson the veteran running back returned to the lineup, but could not jump-start a running game that is ranked No. 32 in the league.
Atlanta is 2-6 SU and ATS and is for all intents and purposes out of hope for the postseason.
Many bookmakers keep waiting for Atlanta to bust out of their funk, but the tools are not in the shop to fix the broken pieces this season.
With no running game and the team’s top receivers injured, the Falcons season is finished.
The Seahawks have covered seven straight games in which they are 3.5 to 9.5-point favorites.
Home games for Atlanta have been high scoring averaging 54 total points.
Pick: Seattle and the OVER.