NFL Monday Night Predictions
Will Seahawks Survive Without Legion Of Boom?
Atlanta was very lucky to face the Cowboys last week. They blitzed pivot Dak Prescott into oblivion, including an absurd total of eight sacks against the Dallas sophomore, who was without the protection of top tackle Tyron Smith, and the services of RB Ezekiel Elliott.
Good fortune repeats for the Falcons this week, after the Seattle Seahawks endured multiple injuries to key playmakers during week 10 Thursday night football. The Seahawks will need all the energy they can get from Seattle’s 12th man, which consists of some of the loudest, most passionate football fans in America.
NFL Monday Night Picks
- Game: Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks
- Pick: Falcons Beat -1 Spread, Over 46.5
- NFL Odds Courtesy of Sports Interaction
Falcons at Seahawks - Vital Trends
Seattle’s Laundry List Of Injuries
The latest casualty of the Seahawks is Kam Chancellor, who will likely miss the rest of the regular season with a neck injury. Overall, Seattle suffers from more than two dozen injuries, including Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett, ripping the heart out of the Legion of Boom. On the offensive side of the ball, four Seattle running backs are on the injury list, and QB Russell Wilson had to get his jaw reset in order to be ready for tonight’s game.
Seahawks Unlikely To Match Usual Defensive Intensity
Seattle has been one of the better defensive teams over the past half-decade or so, including this season. They’re ranked sixth in PPG allowed, giving up a tidy 18.3 per game. With so many injuries to their secondary and pass rush, it’s difficult to envision a scenario where the Seahawks maintain the quality and intensity of defense, especially against last year’s MVP, QB Matt Ryan.
Falcons License To Fly
Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense has yet to take flight this season, and Monday night will provide a prime opportunity to return to their 2016 regular season form. Last year, Atlanta had the top-ranked offense in the NFL, scoring 33.8 PPG under the power of a 117.1 passer rating from pivot Matt Ryan, and 1,079 rushing yards from Devonta Freeman. In 2017, the Falcons offense has dropped to 21.9 PPG, which places them in 16th in the NFL. Now’s the time for Ryan and Freeman to shine.
Atlanta’s Defense Has Absorbed Some Of The Slack
Interestingly, the Atlanta Falcons have vastly improved on the defensive end, giving up 19.9 PPG, which ranks 11th in the NFL. Last season, they allowed the fifth most points in the league, ceding a whopping 25.4 PPG. Since Atlanta’s offense has dropped significantly, it’s been the defense that has kept the team in contention during an up-and-down campaign.
Seattle’s Huge Home Field Advantage
No team enjoys home field advantage like the Seahawks. Since 1990, estimates show that Seattle fans give their team an observed advantage of 5.1 PPG, as per ESPN. Fans have set off local seismometers with their energy, most notably during the incredible Beast Quake run by Marshawn Lynch. Without this advantage, the spread would be much larger than a single point, considering all the injuries that Seattle’s dealing with.
NFL X-Factors On Monday
Atlanta has a slight edge over their last five regular season meetings with the Seahawks, enjoying a 3-2 record since December 2007. However, Seattle’s taken the last two, including a two-point home victory during their previous clash.
This game’s extremely important for the playoff aspirations of both squads, adding extra urgency to this Monday night banger. Atlanta has the advantage in pressure-packed situations, winning two divisional playoff games in a row during 2013 and 2017.
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