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NFC Wildcard Saturday: Rams Host Falcons in LA

NFC Wildcard Game

NFC Wildcard Betting Preview & Pick- Atlanta at Los Angeles

The backend of this Saturday’s NFL Wildcard Round doubleheader should be a doozy.  The 10-6 Atlanta Falcons head to the West Coast to face the 11-5 Los Angeles Rams in an 8:15 p.m. start on NBC from Memorial Coliseum.

BetAnySports opened the Rams as 4.5-point favorites with the total set at 49 points. The line is now LA as a 6-point favorite and the total has dropped to 48.

Reigning NFC Champs had to Fight for NFC Wildcard Life

The Falcons needed that 10th straight-up win of the year to secure the final playoff spot in the NFC. The fact that they are still the defending conference champion, they could be one of the more interesting betting teams in this year’s NFL playoffs.

Atlanta was not a solid betting option in the regular season. They went 7-9 against the spread. On the road is where it went awry as they were 2-6 ATS. They did cover in the only two games it closed as an underdog.

Veteran quarterback Matt Ryan did not turn in one of his best performances this season throwing the ball. It was still good enough for the Falcons to end the year ranked eighth in the league in average passing yards per game with 249.4.

Julio Jones caught 88 passes for 1,444 yards, but he was only on the receiving end of three throws for touchdowns.

Rams Take NFL’s Top Offense Into NFC Wildcard Weekend

Los Angeles decided to go with Sean McVay as its new head coach following a four-win season in 2016. The move has paid immediate dividends. This year’s sudden turnaround to a SU 11-5 record while going 9-7 ATS is astounding.

The Rams won the NFC West Division title for the first time since 2003. They went 6-4 ATS as favorites this season. The total went OVER or ended as a PUSH in 11 of the 16 games overall.

The emergence of Jared Goff as a big-time NFL quarterback was huge. The revitalized effort of Todd Gurley, both running and catching the ball, helped push Los Angeles to first in the NFL in scoring this season. The Rams led with an average of 29.9 points per game.

While the Rams’ defense did have some issues occasionally with an average of 339.6 total yards allowed. The unit was ranked 12th in the NFL when it came to points allowed with 20.6 ppg.

This should be a great matchup in a game that could easily go OVER BetAnySports’ total line. I am going with the Falcons’ plus the 6 points as my ‘best bet’ pick given their edge on a much bigger stage in the postseason.

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Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Atlanta10-67-922.0619.692.375-32-65-112-63-5
LA Rams11-59-729.8820.569.324-45-310-5-13-4-17-1
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
ATL16.5416.170.37
LAR12.116.53-4.43

Yards Per Pass

NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
ATL11.639.472.16
LAR11.9510.741.21
Yards Per Rush
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
ATL4.304.140.16
LAR4.304.69-0.39
Team Records

Atlanta Falcons

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall10-65-35-37-95-32-622.0619.692.37
vs Conf9-35-14-27-55-12-423.9219.084.84
vs Div1-20-01-20-30-00-318.0021.33-3.33
Last 32-11-01-11-21-00-219.6718.001.67

Los Angeles Rams

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall11-54-47-19-74-45-329.8820.569.32
vs Conf7-52-45-16-62-44-228.7522.756.00
vs Div3-00-03-02-10-02-138.3320.6717.66
Last 32-10-12-01-20-11-127.3321.336.00

NFC Wildcard Supergrid

TitleStatRankStatRank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense22.061520.5612
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense252.387209.7511
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense110.6310114.1321
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense29.88119.698
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense258.258222.1314
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense106.8821113.5014

Head To Head Summary

NameRecordATSOUScoreRushYPRPACPPYTYTO +/-
Atlanta6-45-57-325.40149.105.5232.2059.63202.80351.901.60
LA Rams4-65-57-324.60105.804.6235.9066.30279.10384.901.90

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Dec 11, 2016ATLLAR42-146622028601042083125
Sep 15, 2013LARATL24-31693524211363573930
Nov 21, 2010ATLLAR34-171382533910712333041
Dec 28, 2008LARATL27-3120220640802631544173
Dec 2, 2007ATLLAR16-2811132443531053044092
Jan 15, 2005LARATL17-47772623392327703971
Sep 19, 2004LARATL17-343025028022421744160
Oct 13, 2003ATLLAR0-367313620941193774963
Jan 6, 2002ATLLAR13-3110714825531922664583
Dec 2, 2001LARATL35-68933342201281923202

NFC Wildcard Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Atlanta Falcons

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Dec 31, 2017CAR22-10W-5/44.5W/U6031137187161248-3H
Dec 24, 2017NO13-23L5/51L/U67264331862293151A
Dec 18, 2017TB24-21W-7/49.5L/U20120941084289373-1A
Dec 7, 2017NO20-17W-2.5/51.5W/U132211343502563062H
Dec 3, 2017MIN9-14L-2/48.5L/U1021732751052073120H

Los Angeles Rams

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Dec 31, 2017SF13-34L6.5/44L/O102149251171292463-1H
Dec 24, 2017TEN27-23W-5.5/46L/O116286402972693660A
Dec 17, 2017SEA42-7W1/47.5W/O2441083527871149-1A
Dec 10, 2017PHI35-43L1/47L/O1091983071393164551H
Dec 3, 2017ARI32-16W-7/43W/O90213303118194312-1A

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