Although NFL week 14’s Monday Night Football tilt looks to be one-sided according to the MNF against the spread betting odds, the 12 point underdog Atlanta Falcons do have something going for it: they could still make the playoffs as the winner of the perplexing NFC south. They could use some help from the Panthers this week when they visit the Saints.
After coming off of a stunning victory against one of the top teams in the league, the Arizona Cardinals last week, the fiesty Falcons have now won three of their last four. Atlanta needs to keep winning if they plan on beating out the bumbling New Orleans Saints for the division title.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) December 4, 2014
Unfortunately, they will have to suit up against arguably the best team in the NFL in the Green Bay Packers who have won eight of nine, including a win over the mighty New England Patriots last week. With an NFL-lead-tying record of 9-3, the Packers are now the team to beat in the NFC. After starting off to a slow 1-2 kick to their season, Green Bay is poised to earn a first week bye in the fast approaching playoffs.
Matchup: Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers
Date: Dec. 08, 2014
Start Time: 8:25 p.m. ET
Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Stadium: Lambeau Field
TV Info: ESPN
Radio: Atlanta Vs Green Bay
Point Spread: Packers -12
Game Total: 56
Analyzing The Atlanta Vs Green Bay NFL Week 14 Monday Night Football Betting Odds
Can the Falcons keep the good times rolling and upset two league leading teams in a row? Let’s take a closer look. Atlanta’s offense is 6th best in passing yards and 25th in rushing yards, scoring 24.3 points per game, which is 12th best in the league. QB Matt Ryan has thrown for 3427 yards, 21 TDs & 10 INTs for a 93.7 passer rating. WR Julio Jones has 82 receptions for 1169 yards & 5 TDs, and he’s coming from carving Cardinals usually stout D with ten receptions, 189 yards & 1 TD. RB Steven Jackson has 602 yards on 159 rushing attempts with 5 TDs on the season.
— Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) December 1, 2014
Atlanta’s defense is the worst total in the NFL allowing 403.2 yards and 24.9 points per game.
"It’s a big challenge for us this week with Aaron Rodgers," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. "No doubt, he’s playing the best of any quarterback in the NFL right now. He’s got a number of weapons he can get it to.
"He’s played extremely well at home. I don’t think he’s thrown an interception at home this season, and I don’t even want to talk about how many points they’ve scored."
— PFTonNBCSN (@PFTonNBCSN) December 1, 2014
The Green Bay Packers put the league on notice last week by beating the New England Patriots 26-21 in what is being touted as a possible Super Bowl 49 matchup. They have the 7th total and second best scoring offense by averaging 377.9 yards and 31.7 points per game. QB Aaron Rodgers is having an MVP season with 3325 passing yards, 32 TDs & a pesky 3 INTs with 118.6 passer rating. WR Jordy Nelson has been his primary target with 70 receptions, 1119 yards & 10 TDs. RB Eddie Lacy has chugged to 770 rushing yards on 175 attempts with 6 TDs.
"We have some big goals, and we’re getting into December football now with a chance with everything right in front of us," Rodgers said to the media after the win against the Pats.
Green Bay’s defense is the 25th best in the NFL allowing 366.8 yards per game and 22.3 points every week. They have forced 23 turnovers in the season, which is fourth best in the league.
Falcons head coach Mike Smith and Packers head coach Mike McCarthy have faced each other five times, with McCarthy leading the series 3-2.
The Falcons are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a SU win, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games, but 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games as an underdog, and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in December.
The Packers are 39-19-1 ATS in their last 59 games as a favorite, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a SU win, 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games in December, and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. NFC, but 1-7 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.