Atlanta Vs. Baltimore Free NFL Week 7 Betting PicksJosh Bailey
Can Matt Ryan, Falcons Pull Off An NFL Week 7 Betting Upset Of The Ravens?
The Atlanta Falcons have lost three straight games while the Baltimore Ravens have won four of their last five.
Now, only one question needs to be asked when the two teams meet for their Week 7 showdown on Sunday.
Can Matt Ryan and the Falcons snap out of the funk they’ve been in recently and pull off a huge upset over Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens?
Let’s find out!
Atlanta Falcons at Baltimore Ravens
When: Sunday, October 19, 2014
Kickoff: 1:00 pm ET
Spread: Baltimore -6
Baltimore (4-2 SU, 4-2 ATS) rolled all over Tampa Bay in their Week 6 matchup to win 48-17 and easily cover the spread as a 3-point road favorite to bounce back nicely from their 20-13 Week 5 loss to Indianapolis.
Atlanta (2-4 SU, 2-4 ATS) was on the wrong end of a convincing 27-13 Week 6 loss to Chicago in which they never came close to covering the spread as a 3-point home favorite.
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With the way these two teams are playing right now, this Week 7 matchup certainly doesn’t present the toughest call on the docket this week. I think it’s pretty clear that the Falcons have some serious issues on defense – and nearly as many on the offensive side of the ball.
"We’re not playing good enough," Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said. "That’s it: plain and simple. We’re not playing as well as we need to be playing. And in order for us to win games and win games in this league, you’ve got to finish games strong. And we haven’t done a good job of that.
"We’ve got to execute better. I know we say that a lot, but it comes down to execution. We’ve had opportunities to make plays and we just haven’t made them. And we’ve got to remain confident in the belief that we’re going to go out there and make those plays when they present themselves. You have trust in what you believe in. And for me, I think it’s preparation and doing a great job in practice so that when games roll around, you feel like you’re ready to do it."
The Falcons had several dropped passes against Chicago in their last contest and virtually abandoned the run by rushing the ball a season-low 13 times.
Atlanta will have its hands full trying to run on a Ravens defense that owns the league’s seventh-best run defense, allowing just 90.7 rushing yards per game.
"I think they’ve got some talented guys across the board that can make some plays," Ryan said of the Ravens. "They’re two of the best, [Haloti] Ngata and [Terrell] Suggs, and we’ve got to be aware of where they’re at. But they’re a deep defense."
Baltimore got a career-high five TD passes from Joe Flacco in their rout over Tampa Bay on Sunday, earning the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award in the process. Flacco completed 21 of 29 passes for 306 yards in the win.
"It’s good to see the football world see what Joe is capable of in that way," coach John Harbaugh said. "He’s that kind of player. To see him play that way is a great thing."
I’ve always been a huge fan of Matt Ryan and believe he still can lead Atlanta to new heights if the team ever gets a defense. Still, the Baltimore Ravens are the easy pick here even of they don’t have the league’s most explosive offense.
Atlanta is just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games while Baltimore has won 20 of its last 25 home games while also going 4-1 ATS in its last five games overall.
Back the Ravens to win and very narrowly, cover the spread.