The NFL Lines for Week 4 are with the Falcons at -8.

Atlanta Falcons NFL Postseason Betting Analysis

Written by on January 5, 2017

Matt Ryan and the high-scoring Atlanta Falcons have had a fantastic season in recording double-digit victories and winning the NFC South to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Now, with the one ‘Dirty Birds’ looking to make an extended playoff run, NFL betting buffs everywhere need to know just how far the Falcons will soar this coming postseason. Thanks to my expert postseason betting analysis on the Falcons, you’re going to find out now.

Atlanta Falcons NFL Postseason Betting Analysis


Super Bowl 51 Odds: +1100

NFC Championship Odds: +400

Why Bet on the Falcons

The No. 1 reason to bet on the Atlanta Falcons this postseason is their explosive offense. Atlanta finished the regular season ranked second in total offense (415.8 ypg), third in passing (295.3 ypg), fifth in rushing (120.5 ypg) and a stellar first in scoring by putting up a whopping 33.8 points per contest. The Falcons also have some serious Pro Bowl-caliber talent in running back Devonta Freeman who rushed for a team-high 1,079 yards and 13 touchdowns. Superstar wide receiver Julio Jones racked up a stellar 1,409 receiving yards while Matt Ryan passed for a whopping 4,944 yards while completing an incendiary 69.9 percent of his passes with a stunning 38 TD passes and just seven interceptions. The Falcons also compiled a fantastic 10-6 ATS mark on the season, including a stellar 7-1 ATS mark on the road this season, so if they have to hit the road this postseason, there’s a good reason to bet on them as well. Last but not least, Atlanta has a flat-out superstar in Pro Bowl linebacker Vic Beasley that has recorded a league-high 15.5 sacks this season and is seemingly in on every tackle.

Why Bet Against the Falcons

Atlanta looks very good as they get set for the playoffs, but certainly not unbeatable. The best reason to bet against the Falcons starts with their mediocre defense. Atlanta ranked an uninspiring 25th in total defense (371.2 ypg) while also ranking 28th against the pass, (226.7 ypg), 17th against the run (104.5 ypg) and a dismal 27th in points allowed (25.4 ppg). Atlanta’s defense has been so generous that they basically have to outscore their opponents in order to win, which, they’ve done for the most part, even though it’s certainly not the best way to try and win games.