Can Ryan and Falcons Bounce Back From Pitiful Performance to Give Brady and Pats A Tough Time in Super Bowl Rematch?
After completely collapsing in their pitiful Week 6 loss to Miami, NFL bettors need to know whether Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons are going to show up to give Tom Brady and the New England Patriots a tough time in their Week 7 Super Bowl rematch this coming weekend?
If you want to know whether the Falcons are worthy of a wager as slight road dogs, then let’s get to my expert analysis and prediction.
Atlanta Falcons Vs New England Patriots Spread & ATS Pick
Atlanta Falcons (3-2) at New England Patriots (4-2)
When: Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 8:30 PM ET
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Stream: NBC Sports Live
Spread: New England -3.5
Why Bet the Atlanta Falcons Spread at +3.5
Atlanta fell to 3-2 on the season – by completely falling apart against the mediocre Dolphins in their 20-17 Week 6 loss. Despite leading 17-0 at the half, the Falcons and their once, high-powered offense, never scored a single point in the second half in the embarrassing loss.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan passed 248 yards with one touchdown and one interception but the Falcons lost the time of possession battle by almost 10 minutes and gave up 130 rushing yard to Miami’s Jay Ajayi while Ryan was sacked twice in the loss. Now, the Falcons are saying all the right things about forgetting about their Super Bowl collapse against New England.
"I think you’d look at the Super Bowl just because that’s the last time you looked at the opponent and it’s valuable because it’s their scheme versus our scheme. You can learn from what we did well, what they did well,” Atlanta center Alex Mack said Wednesday.
The Falcons are averaging 24.2 points per game (12th) while allowing 21.8 per contest defensively (15th).
Why Bet the New England Patriots Spread at -3.5
Thanks to the help of an absolutely horrendous touchback call, the Patriots got past the feisty New York Jets 24-17 as Tom Brady passed for 257 yards with two touchdowns and an interception with both TD strikes going to tight end Rob Gronkowski. New England’s uninspiring defense did give up 354 passing yards and two touchdowns to Jets veteran quarterback Josh McCown did but pick him off twice in the win.
Now, heading into this contest, the Pats say they don’t want to talk about their historic 34-28 Super Bowl comeback win over the Falcons that ended last season.
"We’ve been given really highly strict rules that we are not allowed to talk about that game, so you’re not really going to get any information from anyone about that, so I’m just looking forward to this week," New England’s Gronkowski said Wednesday. "They look good on film. They’re a fast team, a physical team, and it’s going to be a tough game coming this Sunday night."
New England is putting up a stellar 28.7 points per game (5th) but giving up an uncharacteristic 26.5 points per contest defensively (30th).
Falcons Vs Patriots ATS Pick
I’m just going to get right to the point by saying I wouldn’t bet on Atlanta in this Super Bowl rematch with my worst enemy’s money after the way they rolled over against Miami last weekend. Sure, New England’s defense has been most;y awful this season and they were ‘gifted’ a win against the Jets last weekend, but I’m still going to advise you to back New England to get the outright home win and ATS cover against an Atlanta team that is seriously lacking in the heart department.
The Falcons are an uninspiring 2-4 ATS in their last six games while New England has compiled a bankroll-boosting 18-7 ATS mark in their last 25 games. Expect a high-scoring win by the Patriots in this one people!
Pick: New England 31 Atlanta 27