Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons punched their ticket to the playoffs by winning their regular season finale, but if they want to advance to the divisional round of the playoffs, they’ll have to get past a Los Angeles Rams team that has been nothing short of amazing this season.
Atlanta Falcons Vs Los Angeles Rams NFC Wild Card Line & Final Score Prediction
Atlanta Falcons (10-6) at L.A. Rams (11-5)
When: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 8:15 PM ET
Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
Stream: NBC Sports Live
NFL Odds: Rams -6
Bet The Falcons To Win The NFC Wild Card Because…
Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons punched their ticket to the postseason by beating Carolina 22-10 at home in their regular-season finale and they’re pretty hot, having won three of their last four games and six of their last eight overall. Still, I’m a bit wary about the Falcons seeing as how they ranked just 15th in scoring this season (22.1 ppg) after leading the league in scoring a year ago. While Atlanta did finish an encouraging eighth in points allowed (19.7 ppg), they also haven’t scored more than 24 points in any of their last five games.
Bet The Rams To Win The NFC Wild Card Because…
While the Rams lost their finale against San Francisco 34-13 this past weekend, it was a meaningless game for Los Angeles and besides, Todd Gurley and company won four of their previous five games and eight of 10 before their Week 17 matchup so they’re undoubtedly one of the hottest teams around heading into the playoffs.
More importantly, the Rams have been the more consistent team this season and are far more explosive than Atlanta is offensively this season as they finished first in scoring (29.9 ppg) and an impressive 12th in points allowed (20.6 ppg).
NFC Wild Card Final Score Prediction
While their regular season win total is just one game off of the Rams’ coming into this contest, the reality of the matter is that Los Angeles has been far more consistent this season. I also love the fact that the Rams have what I believe is one of the greatest defensive coordinators in NFL history in Wade Phillips and I believe they’re going to find a way to limit Atlanta’s offense in this contest.
The Rams may be a modest 4-4 at home this season as compared to a stellar 7-1 on the road, but they’re also 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games while Atlanta is just 2-3 ATS over their last five, 5-8 ATS over their last 13 games and 1-5 ATS over their last six road games.
Los Angeles wins at home to advance to the divisional round and I think they’ve got just enough margin for error to narrowly cover the chalk in this one!