Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams Wild Card NFL Picks & Predictions 1/6/2018
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
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The Atlanta Falcons head to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to play the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday, January 6, 2018 in an NFC Wild Card matchup. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles as 5.5 point favorites. The total has been set at 50.5. The Falcons are 7-9-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 5-11-0. The Rams are 9-7-0 against the spread and their over/under mark is 11-5-0.
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Valuable Atlanta Falcons Betting Trends
The Atlanta Falcons are 5-11-0 against the over/under
The Atlanta Falcons are 7-9-0 against the spread
Important Los Angeles Rams Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Rams are 11-5-0 against the over/under
The Los Angeles Rams are 9-7-0 against the spread
Key Atlanta Falcons Injuries
12/24/17 G Andy Levitre Triceps is "?" Sunday vs Carolina
12/24/17 TE Levine Toilolo Knee left last game, is "?" Sunday vs Carolina
10/31/17 LB Jordan Tripp Concussion IR
10/03/17 DE Jack Crawford Biceps IR
Key Los Angeles Rams Injuries
12/31/17 LB Alec Ogletree Elbow is "?" Saturday vs Atlanta
12/31/17 WR Cooper Kupp Knee is "?" Saturday vs Atlanta
12/31/17 LB Mark Barron Achilles is "?" Saturday vs Atlanta
12/31/17 WR Mike Thomas Ankle injured last game, is "?" Saturday vs Atlanta
12/31/17 G Rodger Saffold Ribs is "?" Saturday vs Atlanta
12/31/17 CB Troy Hill Concussion injured last game, is "?" Saturday vs Atlanta
12/26/17 DE Matt Longacre Back IR
12/21/17 K Greg Zuerlein Back IR
12/11/17 CB Kayvon Webster Achilles IR
09/04/17 DT Dominique Easley Knee IR
09/04/17 TE Temarrick Hemingway Leg IR
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Atlanta Falcons are 15th in the National Football League in points scored with 353. They have run 984 plays this year for 5,837 yards, which ranks them 8th in the NFL in total offense. The Falcons average 5.9 yards per play, which is 5th in the league. As a team they have accumulated a total of 330 1st downs this season, ranking them 9th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Atlanta has run for 1,847 yards as a unit, which ranks 13th in the league. They've run 430 times, averaging 4.3 yards per rush as a unit. The Falcons have been penalized on offense 102 times for 918 yards so far this year, which has them 20th in the NFL in penalties. Matt Ryan has passed for 4,095 yards this year. He's completed 342 throws while attempting 529 passes for a completion percentage of 64.7%. His quarterback rating this season is 91.4. He averages 12 yards per completion and 7.7 yards per pass attempt.
Atlanta is 8th in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 315. They have given up a total of 5,094 yards on D, which is 9th in the league. The Falcons are 13th in yards per play allowed with 5.1. Their pass defense has allowed 5.8 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 10th in the National Football League. Opponent offenses have completed 362 throws on 553 attempts against the Atlanta Falcons defense this season, ranking them 25th and 16th in the league. The Atlanta pass defense has also surrendered a total of 3,429 yards in the air, which is 12th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has given up 402 attempts for 1,665 yards this season, putting them in 9th place in the NFL against the run. The Falcons have had 103 penalties for 880 yards on defense this year. That places them 13th in the league. They've allowed a score on 36% of possessions on defense, which is 21st in the NFL.
Special Teams Stats
Atlanta is 30th in the NFL in punt returns with 27. They've totaled 198 punt return yards and are averaging 7.3 yards per return, which is 21st in the league. Their longest punt return this season is 27 yards. They have returned 39 kicks for 871 yards on special teams, placing them 6th in kick return yardage. The Falcons average 22.3 yards per kick return and have a long of 61 yards this season. They are 5th in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 7,062. The Atlanta Falcons have tried 39 field goals this season and made 34, which is 8th in the league. Their kickers have a FG percentage of 87.2%. Atlanta Falcons kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 35 for 35 this season. Their punters have accumulated 2,379 yards on 53 punts, averaging 44.9 yards per punt. That ranks them 16th in the NFL in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Los Angeles Rams have run for 1,953 yards as a team, which ranks 8th in the NFL. They've run 454 times, averaging 4.3 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Rams have been penalized on offense 107 times for 922 yards so far this season, which has them 16th in the league in penalties. They are 1st in the NFL in points scored with 478. They have run 1,000 plays this season for 5,784 yards, which ranks them 10th in the league in total offense. The Rams average 5.8 yards per play, which is 7th in the National Football League. As a team they have accumulated a total of 311 1st downs this year, placing them 16th overall as an offensive unit. Jared Goff averages 8 yards per pass attempt and 12.9 yards per completion. He has completed 296 passes on 477 attempts for a completion percentage of 62.1%. His quarterback rating is 100.5. He has thrown for 3,804 yards this season.
The Rams rush defense has allowed 417 attempts for 1,959 yards this year, putting them in 28th place in the league against the run. Los Angeles has committed 102 penalties for 808 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 3rd in the NFL. They've given up a score on 30.6% of possessions on defense, which is 8th in the league. They are 12th in the league in points allowed on defense with 329. They have surrendered a total of 5,434 yards on D, which is 19th in the NFL. The Los Angeles Rams are ranked 19th in yards per play allowed with 5.3. Their pass defense has given up 5.8 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 11th in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses have completed 324 passes on 555 attempts against the Los Angeles defense this season, placing them 8th and 20th in the National Football League. The Rams pass defense has also given up a total of 3,475 yards through the air, which is 13th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Los Angeles Rams have attempted 43 field goals this season and made 40, which is 2nd in the National Football League. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 93.0%. Los Angeles kickers have made 94% of their extra points, going 48 for 51 this year. Their punters have totaled 3,113 yards on 65 punts, averaging 47.9 yards per punt. That places them 4th in the NFL in punting average. Los Angeles is ranked 2nd in the league in punt returns with 45. They've accumulated 458 punt return yards and average 10.2 yards per return, which is 4th in the NFL. Their longest punt return so far this year is 53 yards. They have returned 40 kicks for 1,001 yards on special teams, ranking 3rd in kick return yardage. The Rams average 25 yards per kick return and have a long of 103 yards this year. They are 3rd in the league in all-purpose yards with 7,435.
Who will win tonight's Falcons/Rams NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Rams -5.5
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