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The 2013 NFL playoffs schedule is back, and here at Cappers Info, we’ll be looking at some of the best games on the docket each and every week, as we try to make the most money possible off of the Divisional Round odds for the NFL. Join us on Sunday, as we make our Seattle Seahawks @ Atlanta Falcons free picks and predictions for what should be a great clash on the gridiron.
Divisional NFL Picks: Seattle Seahawks @ Atlanta Falcons
Date: Sunday, January 12th, 1:00 ET
Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
Seahawks @ Falcons Odds: Atlanta -2.5
Seahawks @ Falcons On TV: FOX
It’s really tough to justify wanting to back the Falcons on Saturday afternoon at the Georgia Dome, but that’s exactly what we are going to try to do over the course of these next 500 or so words. The Seahawks are the sexy Super Bowl pick right now, knowing that they are thought to be the better of these two teams according to the oddsmakers, and they might ultimately be in the same type of spot next week if the make it to the game against the San Francisco 49ers or the Green Bay Packers. And why not? Seattle has won six games in a row, all but one of which have come by double digits, and the team hasn’t allowed more than 17 points in a game since November 25th.
On top of that, we all know just how bad the Falcons have been in the playoffs. It’s not that they were beaten as the No. 1 seed in the NFC two years ago. It’s that they were mauled in that game by the Packers, who eventually went on to win the Super Bowl that year. Last year’s loss to the New York Giants, a 24-2 defeat, was another brutal one as well, and it was the game that really got QB Matt Ryan tabbed as the man that is never going to be able to win the big game in the playoffs. Atlanta is 0-3 SU and ATS in three playoff games since Ryan was drafted and Head Coach Mike Smith took over as the head coach of the team. Now, though the Falcons are 13-3, many think that they have the worst of the eight teams left in the playoffs, knowing that their defense ranked 24th in the league overall, and they only ranked 29th in rushing without much of a threat on the ground.
Here’s the bottom line, though. This Atlanta team just doesn’t lose in the Georgia Dome all that often. It isn’t always pretty, but the club went 7-1 this year, 6-2 in 2011, 7-1 in 2010, 6-2 in 2009, and 7-1 in 2008. Even if you throw in that one playoff loss to the Packers, Matty Ice is still a whopping 33-8 in his 41 career home games. Now add into that the fact that the Seahawks are going to have to travel from Seattle to DC to Seattle to Atlanta in a span of right around 16 days, and prepare for a totally different offense this week as opposed to what it was seeing against QB Robert Griffin III and the Redskins. It just doesn’t look like a good matchup for the Seahawks. They might be the better of these two teams, and we wouldn’t be all that surprised if they did ultimately win this game, but we still think that more often than not, Atlanta is the right play to make.
Seattle at Atlanta Pick: Atlanta Falcons -2.5
Seahawks @ Falcons Score Prediction: Atlanta 23 – Seattle 17