Playoff football picks are always the best part of my job through the NFL season. As we head into the second round of the NFL Playoffs, I can’t help but feel the pangs of football withdrawal that I know are coming. In other words, get betting on your playoff football picks before we are back to just basketball and hockey wagering.
However we still have three glorious weekends of football so let’s remain positive and make some money. Through the rest of the week I will take a look at each playoff game and look to pass on some playoff football picks.
Playoff Football Picks – Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons
Remember what I have been saying about the Seattle Seahawks being a tough team to bet all year as they are erratic? Well its been pretty much the same with the Atlanta Falcons who I have avoided for most of the season. Both teams have been at times both brilliant and dismal. However as I have stated before this can work to our advantage- if a team is tough for us to handicap then it is also just as tough for the bookies to handicap.
Playoff Football Betting – Atlanta Falcons
Although the Falcons ended the season with a solid 11-5 record, their schedule was by all accounts fairly soft. They did win big games against the Green Bay Packers and the Oakland Raiders, but they also beat teams like the Philadelphia Eagles and the Carolina Panthers who didn’t exactly set the league on fire. They also lost to the Seahawks in the regular season although it was a close game. The Falcons are -220 Moneyline favorites which seems a bit steep.
Don’t get me wrong, I think the Atlanta Falcons are a decent team with a solid QB in Matt Ryan and a star wide receiver in Julio Jones. They had the #2 rated Offense yard per game rating in the league and they can run up big scores. Defense on the other hand was a different story with a #25 ranking which could mean trouble this weekend. The Falcons are a solid team and are playing at home- but can they beat the Seahawks in the NFL playoffs is another question?
Best NFL Playoff Bets – Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks have been just as flaky at times as the Falcons, although it could be argued that they had a slightly tougher schedule. How do you handicap a team that one week beats Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, and another week barely beats a sad sack team like the San Francisco 49ers? That has been the Seahawks all year, and despite handily beating the Detroit Lions in the NFC Wild Card they feel “lucky” to be in the Divisional Playoff game.
However, you just can’t underestimate Russell Wilson’s talent and Pete Carroll’s coaching savvy so I am wondering if +5 on the pointspread is too much. The Seahawks were Super Bowl champs only a few years ago and probably should have two titles. They have also had deep runs in other years so you know they aren’t afraid of the big stage. They have won big games when they have had to and remain relatively healthy. The Hawks could very well end up in the Super Bowl this year.
NFL Playoff Picks – Seattle Seahawks Win
The Hawks feel a bit like a team of destiny this year although getting by Atlanta won’t be easy. I get home field advantage but I think a pointspread of +5 on Seattle is a little long- and even if they lose this will be a close one. I think the Hawks can win outright here, but to hedge my bets I am going to take them on the pointspread. The Over Under sits at 51.5 which I think is high given Atlanta’s O running into Seattle’s D so you could give the Under a go here as well. As always, check on the proposition bets for some extra opportunities.
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