Seahawks open as dogs in Atlanta
After eliminating the Lions last night, the Seahawks have opened as an underdog at Atlanta next week in the NFL Divisional Round.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Falcons are a 4-point favorite versus the Seahawks for next Saturday's Divisional round playoff matchup in Atlanta. As for the total, the number hit the boarda t 49 but has already been bet up to 49.5.
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Thomas Rawls exploded for 161 yards and a touchdown in the Seahawks' Wildcard win over the Lions on Saturday night. Rawls averaged 1.5 yards-per-carry average over the final three games of the regular season but he was the catalyst for a Seattle offense that has struggled at times this season. The second-year player became the first player since Marshawn Lynch in 2014 to record over 150 yards rushing in a playoff game.
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Despite the win over Detroit, public bettors are backing Atlanta early. Our NFL Public Betting Page shows that 75% of public bettors are currently taking the Falcons and laying the four points. Of course, a lot can happen in a week, but with that much public money on Atlanta oddsmakers may have to adjust the line over the next couple of days.
The Seahawks beat the Falcons 26-24 in mid-October this year, but failed to cover as a 7-point favorite. In that game, Matt Ryan completed 27-of-42 passes for 335 yards with three touchdowns and one interception, which was a bad drop by Julio Jones that tipped off his hands and right to free safety Earl Thomas.
In that game, Atlanta trailed 17-3 at halftime but scored 21 points in the third quarter before wilting in the final minutes. Richard Sherman got away with holding Jones' arm on a deep pass in the final minute that would have set the Falcons up in field goal range for a potential game-winning field goal.