The Atlanta Falcons are hoping for an easy late season game when they face the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday. The Falcons are in the driver’s seat in the NFC South and, with a favorable schedule in the final three weeks, are very much in the mix for a first-round playoff bye.
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The Week 15 NFL Week San Francisco 49ers vs Atlanta Falcons spread favors the Falcons by 13.5-points. Kick-off is this Sunday, December 18th at 4:05 PM ET on FOX from the Georgia Dome, in Atlanta, Georgia.
San Francisco 49ers Vs Atlanta Falcons Betting Advice
What: San Francisco 49ers (1-12) at Atlanta Falcons (8-5
When: Sunday, December 18, 2016
Start Time: 4:05 PM ET
Where: Atlanta, GA
Stadium: Georgia Dome
Spread: Falcons -13.5
Moneyline: San Francisco +600 vs Atlanta -900
Game Total: 51.5
Watch: FOX Sports
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: San Francisco vs Atlanta
Why Bet The San Francisco To Beat The Falcons
The San Francisco 49ers continue their embarrassing season going 1-12 SU and 2-10-1 ATS. They average 19.3 points per game (26th) and allow 30.2 points per game (32nd).
The Niners average 177.1 passing yards per game (32nd). Last week, QB Colin Kaepernick (1577 yards, 11 TDs & 3 INTs) completed 15 of 26 passes for 133 yards and one touchdown. WR Jeremy Kerley (48 rec. 516 yards, 3 TDs) is the number one receiver in this anemic offense. San Francisco averages 136.9 rushing yards per game (4th). RB Carlos Hyde (191 car, 879 yards, 6 TDs) had his best game of the season against last week with 193 yards on 17 carries. Hyde hasn’t scored a rushing touchdown in the last six games.
San Francisco has the worst total defense in the NFL. They give up 245.0 passing yards per game (13th) and 170.8 rushing yards per game (32nd). Antoine Bethea has 86 tackles and Ahmad Brooks has 5.0 sacks.
Why Bet The Atlanta Falcons To Beat The 49ers
The Atlanta Falcons are 8-5 SU and ATS this season after beating Los Angeles Rams 42-14 last week. They average 32.9 points per game (1st) and allow 26.5 points per game (28th).
The Falcons average 295.7 passing yards per game (3rd). QB Matt Ryan (4050 yards, 30 TDs & 7 INTs) bounced back after a few shaky games with a solid outing versus the Rams. He completed 18 of 28 passes for 237 yards and three touchdowns. WR Julio Jones (72 rec, 1253 yards, 5 TDs) leads the NFL in receiving yards but missed last week’s game with a toe injury. He will miss this game as well.
Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn reclassified Jones’ injury as a sprained toe. Quinn had initially described the injury as turf toe, which could have lingered much longer than the sprain is expected to.
"We’ll get him back here shortly," Quinn said of Jones. "When he can explode like he does … the good news is it’s not something that’s going to be a long-term thing."
Atlanta averages 106.6 rushing yards per game (16th). The dual threat of RB Devonta Freeman (182 car, 791 yards, 7 DTs) and RB Tevin Coleman (87 car, 328 yards, 7 TDs) has formed into an envious one-and-two punch out of the backfield.
Atlanta has the 29th-ranked total defense in the NFL. The Falcons give up 275.0 passing yards per game (32nd) and 101.1 rushing yards per game (13th). Keanu Neal has 87 tackles, and Vic Beasley Jr. leads the NFL with 13.5 sacks.
"I would probably say right now — we play him a lot down in the box — but I’d say Keanu Neal is very active in the tackles," Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said of his rookie first-round draft pick. "We put him down in that spot where he’s down close to the line of scrimmage intentionally, where we can try to put him toward where some of the action is. So it’s not a surprise that that position’s getting a lot of tackles."
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- San Francisco is 1-10-1 ATS in its last 12 games
- San Francisco is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
- San Francisco is 1-6-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
- San Francisco is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
- San Francisco is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
- San Francisco is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
- Atlanta is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games
- Atlanta is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Expert ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction
An old-school NFC West rivalry isn’t nearly as compelling as it once was. The public loves the Falcons who are 8-5 ATS and 11-2 with the over! The 49ers have lost 12 straight games and are just 2-10-1 ATS.
The sharp money came down on the Falcons when they opened at -11.5, pushing the spread up two points where a few wiseguys jumped on the 49ers because of principle.
Still not convinced? Last week, the Niners couldn’t cover against the Jets, there’s no hope for them the rest of this season. Book it.
My final score prediction is San Francisco 13, Atlanta 34.