|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL The Atlanta Falcons host the Green Bay Packers in Week 12. The Falcons are currently leading the NFC South with a 8-2-0 record. Green Bay is in second place in the NFC North at 7-3-0. The return of Clay Mathews makes the Green Bay Packers a top ten defense. Mathews is good at causing chaos not only in the middle of the field but he is a smart blitzing linebacker that every quarterback must take into account. The Green Bay Packers are giving up over 110 yards on the ground and just over 210 yards through the air. The Atlanta Falcons have a balanced attack and will test the Green Bay Packers defense in both areas.
Matt Ryan has risen to the status of a top ten quarterback in the NFL and he can make things happen fast with this offense. Michael Turner has been an inconsistent component in the running game but Jason Snelling is a good second option for the Atlanta Falcons. The running game has averaged over 125 yards on the ground which is above average in the NFL.
Although the numbers do not reflect it, the Atlanta Falcons passing game has been solid. Matt Ryan's number one wide receiver Roddy White leads the league in reception yards and is one of the ten most difficult wide receivers to cover in the NFL. Tony Gonzalez is a perfect second check down option for Ryan across the middle and Ryan is not afraid to use his blocking running back as a late option for big yardage up the middle. The Atlanta Falcons offense will have an advantage over the Green Bay Packers defense in this indoor game.
When betting on football remember, the Atlanta Falcons defense has quietly been taking care of business all season. They are allowing less than 20 points per game and they are keeping their opponents to less than 100 yards rushing per game.
Their pass defense is not a stout. The Atlanta Falcons are giving up 245 yards through the air but they do have a better than average pass rush led by John Abraham. Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers heir to the Brett Favre throne, has struggled this season through the adversity of losing his number one running back Ryan Grant and his number one tight end Jermichael Finley. Rodgers has dealt with the losses in stride and has adjusted the Green Bay Packers passing attack accordingly. The passing game is averaging over 240 yards passing per game but only 100 yards per game on the ground. Sports betting fans should consider that the Green Bay Packers offense has the edge over the Atlanta Falcons defense.