Date/Time: December 22nd, 8:30 P.M. ET
NFL Odds from BetDSI
Point Spread: Atlanta -3.5
NFL Betting Game Trends
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta’s last 5 games
- Atlanta is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
- Atlanta is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Detroit
- Atlanta is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Detroit
- Detroit is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
- Detroit is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta
- Detroit is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
- Detroit is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Atlanta
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit’s last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta
The Atlanta Falcons hope to move one step closer to the Super Bowl in Saturday night NFL betting action, as they take on the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.
Atlanta knows that a win on Saturday, and Week 17 means absolutely nothing to it, as the team would be locked into the top spot in the NFC playoffs. It has been a great year for QB Matt Ryan and the gang in spite of the fact that many are doubting whether this will be the year that this team figures out how to win a game in the postseason or not. TE Tony Gonzalez needs 120 receiving yards over the course of the next two games of the year to reach 1,000 for the campaign, and if he does that, he, WR Roddy White, and WR Julio Jones will all be at 1,000 yards in the same season. A set of three receivers has only reached 1,000 yards a handful of times in NFL history, and these three have already done it once, and will hope to do it again. Matty Ice has thrown for 4,202 yards and 27 TDs this year, while RB Michael Turner has chipped in with 744 yards and nine trips to the end zone.
The Lions are out of matters right now, and they really don’t have a heck of a lot left to chase for the season. QB Matt Stafford is going to try to become the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards in two straight seasons, but he has a long way to go to get to that point. The Georgia Bulldog has 4,252 yards and 17 scores against 15 picks. More realistically is the fact that WR Calvin Johnson is about set to wrap up the best year that a receiver has ever had in terms of yardage. Megatron has 106 catches for 1,667 yards, and in spite of the fact that he only has scored five times on the campaign, he is still going to almost surely surpass WR Jerry Rice’s record for the most yards ever in a season, possibly as soon as Saturday night. The problem that this team has is that there has been zero consistency whatsoever at the rest of the skill positions outside of Stafford and Johnson on the offensive side of the ball, and that’s why this team only has 35 total offensive scores in 14 games, well off of the pace of the 50 that they scored last year.
We know that this one has the potential to be a shootout, but we think that the Falcons are going to figure out how to lock down Megatron and keep this one a bit lower scoring. There just isn’t much of a chance to get the job done in this one for Detroit if Johnson doesn’t have a huge game, though we aren’t all that confident that the Falcons are the right side either. Bank on a game that doesn’t reach the 50s. Atlanta 23 – Detroit 20
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