Bucs vs. Falcons Prediction
NFL Odds: According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Falcons are currently 3-point favorites versus the Buccaneers while the over/under total wasn’t available as of this writing. Tampa Bay enters the week with a 6-9 overall record and is 3-4 on the road this year, while Atlanta is 13-2 overall and 7-0 at home.
Line Movement: The Falcons opened as a 3-point favorite and that’s where the line currently sits. The reason why the line is so low is because Atlanta has kept quiet about whether or not its going to rest starters. Chances are Matt Ryan will be pulled at some point during the game and it’ll wind up being the Bucs versus the Falcons’ backups.
Public Betting: Of the wagers currently placed on this game, 55% of NFL public bettors currently favor the Falcons. This information is subject to change leading up to kickoff, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most up-to-date NFL public betting numbers.
NFL Playoff Free Pick: Take Tampa Bay. According to latest NFL trends, the Buccaneers are 4-1 against the spread in their last five trips to Atlanta and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall versus the Falcons. The road team is also 5-2-1 against the number in the last eight meetings between these two teams, while Atlanta is 1-3-1 ATS in its last five divisional games. As previously mentioned, chances are the Falcons will pull their starters early in the game. They’ve already clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC and there’s no need to risk injury in a meaningless game. Thus, at some point it’ll be Tampa Bay starters versus Atlanta’s backups and therefore the Bucs should take advantage. Plus, the game means more to Tampa than it does to Atlanta. The Bucs haven’t won a game in over a month and will look to end the 2012 season on a high note.
2012 NFL WEEK 17 FREE PICK: TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS +3