Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons Prediction ATS

by | Oct 24, 2019 | nfl

Seattle Seahawks (5-2 SU, 3-4 ATS) vs. Atlanta Falcons (1-6 SU, 1-6 ATS)
NFL Football Week 8
Date/Time: Sunday - October 27th - 1:00pm EST
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium - Atlanta, GA
TV: FOX

Point Spread: SEA -5 / ATL +5 (Bookmaker)
Over/Under Total: 53.5

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AND ATLANTA FALCONS MATCHUP:

This Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks will head east to take on the reeling and desperate Atlanta Falcons. This game for Atlanta is nothing more than a last-ditch effort to save their head coaches job…if that is even still possible. As for the Seahawks, who sit at 5-2 and in second place in the NFC West, this is a very important game. They sit behind undefeated San Francisco, and another loss could almost seal their fate for the division title or at least make it very difficult to do so.

Both teams are coming off of losses in week seven. Seattle was embarrassed at home by the Baltimore Ravens in a game that I took a huge loss on thinking that the Seahawks would cruise. As for Atlanta…well…they lost their fifth straight game in a lopsided 37-10 beatdown by the Los Angeles Rams. Seattle opened as a three-point favorite on Monday, but since that time, the line has gone up, and they are now favored by five over the home team Falcons.

HOW THE PUBLIC IS BETTING ATLANTA AND SEATTLE THIS SUNDAY:

Talk about public perception…jeez. The line has jumped almost a field goal, and the betting public is still on Seattle in a big way. As of Wednesday morning, 72% of the betting action liked the Seahawks to cover the spread, while just 28% took the Falcons. On the season, both teams have losing records against the spread. Atlanta is 1-7 overall and against the spread, while the Seahawks are a tad better at 3-4 against the odds. I rarely say this, but in this case, Vegas is going to get murdered. Atlanta is done…finished…complete. I like Seattle big time this Sunday, and I am about to tell you why.

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WHY THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS WILL DESTROY ATLANTA ON SUNDAY:

No disrespect to Seattle, but this is more about Atlanta than it is the Seahawks. Atlanta straight-up sucks…and I am a born and raised Falcons fan. This team is the worst I have seen since the mid-1980s. Every aspect of this team is complete trash, and what is sad about it is that the talent is there. In 2016, the Falcons SHOULD HAVE won the Super Bowl, but we all know what transpired. Since that time, the team on paper has only gotten better… so my question is: WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON? The only logical explanation is coaching…right? What else can it be? It had seemed a few weeks ago that the offense was on its way to getting back on track, scoring over 30 points in back to back games, but then the Rams came to town, and it was back to bad…real bad. Not only has the offense been a massive disappointment in 2019, but the defense is also bad…historically bad. If Atlanta goes the entire game this Sunday without recording a sack, they will be the first team in NFL history to go five straight games without recording a sack. Not only do the Falcons lack in that area, they are still the 31st worst defense in the league. That, with an offense that only averages 21 points per game is not a good combination.

Just because I said my prediction was based more on Atlanta than Seattle was in no way a knock on the Seahawks. They are a hell of a team, and Russell Wilson is having one hell of a season…MVP worthy if you ask me. The Seahawks are coming off of a bad loss, but that happens…its pro football. Before last week, Seattle was 5-1 and looked as good as anyone in the league, especially the NFC. Through the first seven games this year, the Seahawks are ranked in the top ten in the NFL in passing while also gaining 127 yards per game on the ground. The defense could use a little help, and this past week, the Seahawks added some help when they traded to bring in Quandre Diggs from Detroit, which was a massive shock to everyone involved. The addition of Diggs will help the Seattle secondary and hopefully help the defense to stop giving up around 25 points a game. If this Seattle team can improve the defense, they could be a very tough out come January.

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HOW THE FALCONS AND SEAHAWKS GAME WILL PLAY OUT ON SUNDAY:

I see another blowout loss for Atlanta. The Seahawks are coming off a bad loss, and they will be primed and ready to get back in the win column this Sunday. In my opinion, the Falcons are dead. They already traded wide receiver, Mohammed Sanu to the Patriots, and there have been rumblings that this could be the last game with Dan Quinn as their head coach. I see Seattle jumping out early and holding on for a 33-20 win over Atlanta in a game that will be much more of a blowout than the final score indicates. Take Seattle…big.

Bob’s Pick to Cover the Point Spread: Take the Seattle Seahawks minus the points against the Atlanta Falcons.