Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers Monday Night Football Picks & Odds December 8, 2014


Say all you would like about how bad the NFC South is nevertheless the Atlanta Falcons have their division-leading 5-7 record to soothe themselves. However, one loss now of the season could  throw the Falcons completely off the race to the the top of division. They’ll try to stay on the top of NFC South if they try to display a shocking upset contrary to the Green Bay Packers (9-3) at Lambeau Field, no less.

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Dom Capers also played a big part in securing the Packers’ biggest win of the season.

The Packers, on another hand, are fresh off an enormous victory contrary to the New England Patriots to extend their win streak to four games and moreover, put themselves a game title prior to the Detroit Lions in the NFC North.

The Falcons managed to help keep their grip of the No. 1 seat in the NFC South with a 29-18 victory Sunday over NFC West leaders Arizona Cardinals. Another division top dog awaits them next week, once the Falcons undertake the NFC North’s best in the form of Green Bay.

Matt Ryan had a fantastic game against Arizona, passing for 361 yards—his most since Week 1 (448) contrary to the Saints—and two touchdowns without interceptions. Of course, it helped Ryan to own Julio Jones down the field. Jones perhaps had his best game of the season contrary to the Cards, receiving for 189 yards (career-high) and a touchdown.

Granted that the Falcons were faced by having an Arizona passing defense that entered the game ranked 25th in passing defense (254.6 yards allowed per game), Jones’performance continues to be noteworthy, considering that he’s done nearly all of his damage against a formidable cornerback in Patrick Peterson. The same complements Harry Douglas, who made Pro-Bowl corner Antonio Cromartie look like a useless bystander by going off for 116 receiving yards.

The Falcons’rushing game, meanwhile, chewed off what was supposedly a hardcore run defense by Arizona. The Cards started the afternoon third in run defense (84.5 rushing yards allowed per game) but Atlanta could compile 142 rushing yards. Steven Jackson almost single-handedly wrecked Arizona’s rushing defense, racking up 101 yards on the ground.

Jackson (602 rushing yards, 5 touchdowns), Devonta Freeman (180 rushing yards), and the remaining Falcons’backfield could take line for another huge outing against Green Bay, which will be 28th in the league in rush defense (132.3 yards allowed per game).

In case you haven’t heard, let’s break it for your requirements: the Packers are one heck of a team. The Packers made the most of these opportunity to prove that again if they sent the New England Patriots careening out of Lambeau Field on Sunday, because they won what is considered by many as a preview of next February’s Super Bowl, 26-21.

In a matchup of not only two Super Bowl top contenders but in addition of today’s best quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers managed to come on top. Rodgers threw for 368 yards and two touchdowns without interception to outduel Tom Brady. Three sacks aside, Rodgers looked comfortable dissecting New England’s passing defense, which  was ranked 17th (242.1 passing yards allowed per game) in the league prior to the contest. With that said, the Packers quarterback should be expected to encounter lesser trouble against Atlanta’s toothless pass defense that’s currently ranked worst in the NFL with 284.9 passing yards allowed per game. The Falcons likewise have a lackluster pass rush, one that only has 14 sacks to date this season.

The Packers are eighth in the league in passing yards with 269.0 per game.

Rodgers and his receiving corps, however, aren’t only those who are likely to make the most of Atlanta’s highly questionable defense. Eddie Lacy should also like his odds of roasting the Falcons. Atlanta is giving up 118.2 rushing yards per game, 21st among all NFL teams.

Lacy racked up 98 yards against New England to up his season total to 770 to get along with six touchdowns.

The Packers are 7-3 ATS inside their last 10 games as the home team. Monday Night Football Picks Take Green Bay to win and cover the point Spread.


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