The NFL playoffs continue this week, and the Seattle Seahawks and the Atlanta Falcons are set to do battle. Check out some of the NFL prop bets that are available at BetDSI, as we analyze the betting lines and see which sides to play.
Russell Wilson Over 202.5 Passing Yards: It might be because of the fact that the Atlanta defense stinks, and it might be because the Seahawks could play from behind in this game, but either way, we think that Wilson is going to be a busy man on Sunday. He hasn’t been asked to throw the ball a lot over the course of the last few weeks, and he only has over 200 passing yards in two of his last five games. That being said, we still think that this is a decent spot for him to get some yards. The Atlanta defense ranks 23rd in the league against the pass, allowing 242.4 yards per game. Granted, there have been some darn good passing attacks go against this team over the course of the last several weeks and Seattle isn’t one of them, but this isn’t exactly a huge number that Wilson is shooting at.
Marshawn Lynch to Not Score a Touchdown (+165): We know that there is better than a 50/50 chance that Lynch is going to find the end zone at least once in this game, but it’s not a slam dunk, and this price is definitely inflated. Remember that for all of the yards that the Falcons gave up this year, they did only allow 18.7 points per game on average. That means that there might only be two touchdowns to go around for the Hawks in this one, and if that turns out to be the case, we know that there are possibilities for more scores from Wilson than Lynch. It’ll be tough to keep the man they call Beast Mode out of the end zone, but we do think that there is at least a shot, even if it’s only 45% or so, of the Falcons getting the job done.
Matt Ryan Under 277.5 Passing Yards (-115): Matty Ice has never thrown for even 200 yards in a playoff game in his career, and the oddsmakers want him to turn around and throw for darn near 280 in this one? Oh sure, Ryan threw for over 4,700 yards this year, and he did reach at least 278 yards nine times on the season. This is a brutal Seattle defense though, that has gotten in the face of so many different quarterbacks over the course of this year, especially down the stretch. There’s no reason to think, unless you feel as though there are going to be a lot of passes thrown from behind in this one, that Ryan is going to get beyond even 250 passing yards in this game.
Tony Gonzalez Over 52.5 Receiving Yards (-115): It’s a tie with Gonzo over 5.5 receptions, but this is our favorite NFL prop of the day for sure. Gonzalez is the one man that can take advantage of this Seattle defense. Sure, WR Roddy White and WR Julio Jones will get some stats, but in the end, they’re going to be blanketed with awesome corners, while the middle of the field might ultimately be open. The Hawks have had some problems covering men in the slot over the course of the regular season, and Gonzalez is the man that might be able to really bust this defense up. You don’t think of Gonzo as a man that led his team in receptions this year, but he did log 93 catches and should be a force to be reckoned with.
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