Falcons vs. Seahawks, 01/14/17 – Prediction & Preview
Written by: Alex Alarcon
Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons
Game Time: Saturday, January 14, 2017 Georgia Dome
Lines: Falcons -3.5
The Seattle Seahawks take on the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday at the Georgia Dome in an NFC Divisional Playoff game. In October, Seattle beat Atlanta at home, 26-24. Russell Wilson threw for 270 yards, while Christine Michael (now with Green Bay), ran for 64 yards and two TDs. Matt Ryan threw for 335 yards and three TDs for the Falcons.
Another Playoff Push
Russell Wilson finished with 224 yards through the air for Seattle last week in their 26-6 win over the Lions. He completed 23 passes out of 30 attempts for a 77% completion percentage. The Seahawks were led in rushing by Thomas Rawls, who finished with 161 yards on 27 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 6 yards per carry.
Doug Baldwin was the team leader in receiving with a total of 104 yards and 11 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 9 yards per reception. As a team in that game Seattle got a total of 24 first downs. Of those first downs, 9 came on the ground while 13 came through the air. They ran 71 total plays for 387 yards for the game. The Seahawks ran for 177 yards on 38 attempts.
Seattle scores 22 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 18th in the NFL. In the passing department, they average 23 passes on 35 attempts for a 66% completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 258 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 10th in the league.
The Seahawks run for an average of 99 yards per game on 25 attempts for an average of 4 yards per carry. That ranks them 25th in the league. They also run 63 plays per contest and average 5.7 yards per play for an average of 357 yards per game, ranking their offense 12th overall this season.
Matt Ryan finished with 331 yards passing for Atlanta in Week 17. He went 27 for 36, resulting in a 75% completion percentage. The Falcons were led on the ground by Devonta Freeman, who finished with 96 yards on 12 carries. He ended the game with an average of 8 yards per rush.
Julio Jones led the team in receiving with 96 yards and 7 catches. He finished the game with an average of 14 yards per reception. Atlanta had 25 first downs total. 4 came from running the ball and 19 came from a pass. They ran 59 total plays for 465 yards for the contest. The Falcons ran for 142 yards on 22 carries as a team.
Atlanta averages 34 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 1st in the league. In the passing department, they complete 23 passes per game on 34 attempts for a 68% completion percentage. They throw for 295 yards through the air per game, ranking them 3rd.
The Falcons run for an average of 121 yards per game on 26 attempts for an average of 4.7 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 5th on the ground. They also run 62 plays per game and average 6.7 yards per play for a total of 416 yards per game, ranking them 2nd in the league on offense.
- Seahawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- Seahawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 14 points.
- Seahawks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 250 total yards in their previous game.
- Falcons are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game.
- Falcons are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing more than 30 points in their previous game.
- Falcons are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
- Falcons are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC.
I’ve been riding with the Falcons since Day 1. They will cover the spread and have a statement victory against Seattle. The Falcons pretty much had two weeks to prepare for the Seahawks knowing they were facing the Lions in the Wild Card as well.
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