The Atlanta Falcons have an opportunity to secure sole possession of the NFC South lead tonight, but in order to do so they will have to get past, arguably, the league’s best team, the Green Bay Packers. This evening’s ESPN Monday Night Football showdown between the Falcons and Packers is scheduled to kickoff at 8:30 p.m. ET at Lambeau Field. An updated Falcons vs Packers NFL Odds release from Bovada.lv has Green Bay lined as a -14 pick against the spread home favorite. The Over/Under in tonight’s game is coming in at 55.5.
The Falcons looked well on their way to a second consecutive dismal campaign after losing five straight games between September 28 and October 26, but a recent bounce back has given the team some life. While Atlanta is still two games under the break even point, it is presently atop the NFC South and the owner of a playoff spot thanks to a 3-1 run.
The Falcons rebound started with back to back road wins over division rivals Tampa Bay and Carolina and they recovered from a 24-26 home loss to the Browns with a 29-18 defeat of NFC West leading Arizona.
While Atlanta’s recent play is of note, it does not suggest in any way it is capable of sacking the Pack, especially at Lambeau. Green Bay has proven susceptible to the occasional road setback as all three of its losses came away from home, but within the friendly confines of Lambeau, it has been a nightmare to visiting opposition.
The Packers are 6-0 at home this season and they have won their last five games at Lambeau by an average of 26.4 points per contest while averaging 42.8 points per game.
It seems implausible that Green Bay could continue to dominate teams in such a prolific fashion; however, the Falcons leaky defense. which is yielding 403.2 yards and 24.9 points per game hardly looks capable of slowing Aaron Rodgers and company down.
Series Notes: The Packers have won their last two meetings with Atlanta, earning 25-14 and 22-21 victories. The most recent of those came last December at Lambeau Field.
NFL Betting Trend: The Falcons are 0-5 both straight up and against the spread in their last five games playing as a road dog coming off a home win in which they scored 29 or more points.
Falcons vs Packers Odds ESPN Monday Night Football Pick: Provided by Bovada.lv
Atlanta Falcons +14 (-120), Over 55.5 (-110)
Green Bay Packers -14 (+100), Under 55.5 (-110)