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NFL Football Betting Odds: Here at Bookmaker Sportsbook, we are getting you ready for the NFL betting season with thorough breakdowns of all 32 teams. This time we're looking at the team that represents the Dirty South, the Atlanta Falcons.
Mike Smith is viewed as one of the best coaches in the league with good reason after leading his team to a 56-24 regular season record through his first five seasons. There are questions if the Atlanta Falcons ( 13-3 SU, 9-6-1 ATS ) will be able to get over the hump though after another disappointing playoff appearance, this time a tough 28-24 NFL betting playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the Georgia Dome.
NFL Season Win Total Lines
Total: 10 ( Over +135 )
Matty Ice has one of the coolest names in all of football, but his 0-5 record against the NFL betting odds in the playoffs has some questioning whether or not he has the mentality for the big game. To Matt Ryan's credit, he had an outstanding game against an elite 49ers defense, completing 30 of 42 passes for 396 yards and three touchdowns against just one interception, but no one writes praises about a QB that plays valiantly in a losing effort. The good news though is that all of Ryan's weapons remain and he got an upgrade for his backfield partner when the Falcons parted ways with Michael Turner in favor of Steven Jackson.
Much like Corey Dillon almost a decade ago, many observers are happy to see Jackson out of St Louis where he spent year after year plugging away in relative obscurity. Jackson has rushed for at least 1000 yards for eight consecutive years and will be an improvement over Turner. At times last year, Turner looked slow and had trouble accelerating in the open field, and while Jackson is older than Turner, he looks fresh and has had no problem keeping his rushing average up while in St. Louis.
No team has a better one two punch at receiver than the Falcons in Julio Jones and Roddy White. White is still going strong at 31 and caught 92 passes for 1351 yards and seven touchdowns last football betting season, while Jones snared 79 balls for 1198 yards and 10 touchdowns. In addition to those two, the Falcons convinced future HOF TE Tony Gonzalez to return for one more year after catching 93 passes for 930 yards and eight touchdowns in 2012. These three combine to make one of the most lethal trios in football when clicking on all cylinders.
On defense, the Falcons are overhauling a unit that gave up a ton of yards but not a ton of points. Gone are John Abraham and Dunta Robinson. Filling their roles will be former NY Giants DE Osi Umenyiora and rookie CB Desmond Trufant and both are going to be tasked to immediately contribute to the defense. If they can hold their own, the Falcons might finally be able to get over the hump and get back to the Super Bowl.
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2013 Preseason Betting Odds
Aug 8 - Cincinnati - Lost 10-34
Aug 15 - @Baltimore - Lost 23-27
Aug 24 - @Tennessee - Lost 16-27
Aug 29 - Jacksonville - Lost 16-20
2013 Season Betting Odds
Sep 8 - @New Orleans - Lost 17-23
Sep 15 - St. Louis - 1:00 pm
Sep 22 - @Miami - 4:05 pm
Sep 29 - New England - 8:30 pm
Oct 7 - N.Y. Jets - 8:40 pm
Week 6 - BYE
Oct 20 - Tampa Bay - 1:00 pm
Oct 27 - @Arizona - 4:25 pm
Nov 3 - @Carolina - 1:00 pm
Nov 10 - Seattle - 1:00 pm
Nov 17 - @Tampa Bay - 1:00 pm
Nov 21 - New Orleans - 8:25 pm
Dec 1 - @Buffalo - 4:05 pm
Dec 8 - @Green Bay - 8:30 pm
Dec 15 - Washington - 1:00 pm
Dec 23 - @San Francisco - 8:40 pm
Dec 29 - Carolina - 1:00 pm
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Football Betting - How to bet on the Atlanta Falcons
The betting line is a posted number that the Sportsbook sets for each football game. Bookmakers post odds on who they think will win the game. The betting line will usually show a favorite and an underdog.
The Point Spread is one of the most popular wagers in NFL Football betting. You need to cover the Point Spread to win your wager. For example the Favorite in this game is the Atlanta Falcons as they have a point spread of -3. For you to win your wager, the Atlanta Falcons would need to have a final score beating the New York Giants by 4 or more points. The (-110) in brackets is the "juice" or "vig" on the wager. The Underdog in the point spread is the New York Giants +3. For you to win your wager the NY Giants could lose the game by 2 points or less.
The example below will show what an NFL betting line looks like:
- New York Giants +3 (-110)
- Atlanta Falcons -3 (-110)
There are also money lines, in which you are picking who you think will win the game straight up. For example:
- New York Giants +140
- Atlanta Falcons -160
In this example the New York Giants are the underdog. The +140 means that for every $100 you wager you will win $140. The favorite in this example is the Atlanta Falcons denoted by the -160. You have to risk $160 to win $100.
Betting on NFL Totals
- New York giants/Atlanta Falcons Total 33O (-110)
- new York Giants/Atlanta Falcons Total 33U (-110)
A Total Wager is a bet on the OVER/UNDER for the Total Score at the end of the game, for both teams combined. In this betting line the TOTAL is 33 (-110). For you to WIN the OVER TOTAL wager the final score would have to be 34 points or more, combined for both teams. If the TOTAL score is exactly 33 then the wager would be graded a PUSH and your wager would be returned to you.
The NFL betting line in the above example is for the full game. An NFL betting line can also be posted for 1st Quarters(1Q), 1st Half(1H) and 2ND Half(2H).
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