For the teams that are still in the playoff picture, there appear to be two different categories. There are those who have clinched or are about to, and then those who need wins and some help along the way. The Buffalo Bills will almost certainly be taking part in the postseason, which is no great surprise, while the Atlanta Falcons are a longshot at best to get in. This really does show the differences between the two conferences right now, with the AFC still up in the air, while the NFC picture is a good deal clearer. The Bills come into this one heavily favored, with the bookies putting them on the board at -14 ½. The point total for this one is set at 44. That being said, let’s take a look at our NFL Betting preview for the upcoming match between the Falcons and Bills.
NFL Betting Analysis for Atlanta Falcons at Buffalo
How to Bet On Atlanta Falcons vs Buffalo Bills & TV Info
- When: Sunday, January 2 at 1 PM EST
- Where: Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park
- TV: FOX
Why bet on the Atlanta Falcons
Normally, sitting below .500 with just 2 weeks left in the season means that the playoffs are long since off the table. As it stands this season, the Falcons have a weak pulse, sitting at 7-8 with 2 games left to play. That said, a loss thus weekend would almost certainly see their slim hopes dashed, and even if they do win, they would still also need to win their final game and get some help to be in the postseason. Atlanta stayed alive with a 20-16 win over Detroit in their last game, but this is a much tougher task. They have won 4 of their last 5 against Buffalo, but I’m not sure that means much here. They are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, with 8 of their last 12 versus the AFC East going OVER.
Why bet on the Buffalo Bills
There was a time, not so very long ago, when the Bills were on the wrong side of the playoff line, but they have shaken off that midseason slump and are rounding into form again. The offense has come to life in their back-to-back wins, scoring 30+ points per game in those outings. They arguably put in their best performance of the season with a huge win over the Patriots last weekend, a victory that has them on the brink of clinching the AFC East title. You would certainly like them to keep winning this weekend, as they are on a run that has seen them win 11 of their last 14 games at home. Another angle to like is against the spread, where they are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 versus the NFC. The OVER has hit in 5 of their last 7.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
If the SU win for the Bills doesn’t offer enough value for you, or the big point spread makes you a little nervous, then perhaps you might want to take a look at the OVER in this one. In 6 of the last 8 meetings between these two teams, it is the OVER that has prevailed.
NFL Week 17 Betting Pick: Atlanta Falcons 13 Buffalo Bills 35