NFL Playoffs Wk 1 Falcons Rams
In the first round of what can only be described as a “redemption tour,” reigning NFL MVP Matt Ryan and his Falcons hope to return to form against the upstart Rams. And, though Ryan is not among the candidates per Bovada’s NFL MVP odds for 2017-2018, he could still prove his value to the Dirty Birds by leading Atlanta to the upset against the Rams.
Incidentally, the Rams have their own potential MVP in Todd Gurley, who – along with QB Jared Goff – have one of the league’s top-rated one-two punches on offense. As such, the Rams – and not the defending NFC champion Falcons – are the favorites for Saturday night’s marquee wildcard game (8:15, NBC). At most legal online sportsbooks and betting shops, the Rams odds to beat the Falcons are at -6 (with the Rams moneyline sitting around -240). Considering that the Rams are only one year removed from a miserable 4-12 season, their ascendancy in the NFL power rankings has been nothing short of historic.
Whether or not the Rams can beat the Falcons is a question on everyone’s mind heading into the NFL playoffs. On paper, they seem more than capable, but Atlanta has a chip on its shoulder, and Ryan is perfectly capable of outplaying his Rams counterpart over the course of a given contest. Still, bettors are expecting a pretty high-scoring contest, as the game’s over/under is the highest of all the wildcard matchups at 48.5 points. There should be plenty of scoring on both sides of the ball.
If you want to bet on the Falcons vs. Rams, you can legally do so in Las Vegas. Of course, if you can’t make the trip (or, really, even if you can, Rams fans), it’s easier and safer to just use an online sportsbook like Bovada or BetOnline. You can also get alternate lines if the 6-point Falcons vs. Rams spread doesn’t appeal to your sensibilities or pocketbook. In fact, the Internet betting shop 5Dimes has so many different spreads for the game that you can practically set your own terms. But whatever and wherever you bet, just make sure to consider the strengths of both teams. SportsBettingGeorgia.com wants you to remember, Jared Goff has Todd Gurley. But Matt Ryan has Julio Jones. And that Falcon can fly!
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