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|4:25pm||SEA -1 (-110)||42 (-110)||ATL +1|
Game Analysis & Picks
Heading out to Seattle for Week 3, the Atlanta Falcons, led by Marcus Mariota, are still in search of their first victory of the season. Last week they spotted the defending champion LA Rams an early lead, only to fight back the rest of the way, including a 17-3 advantage in the 4th quarter. It was a tough loss for the Falcons (final score 31-27) after losing by 1 point the week prior to the New Orleans Saints, but it also showed that they can hang with one of the top teams in the league this year.
The Falcons offense has been respectably productive so far, with Cordarrelle Patterson and rookie wideout Drake London doing most of the heavy lifting. Meanwhile, Kyle Pitts has been unexpectedly quiet, and was held to back-to-back 2 catch,19 yard games.
For the Seahawks, who lost handedly last week to the San Francisco 49ers, the key for their team so far has been an efficient and turnover-averse offense and a decent defense. In a surprising turn of events, Geno Smith, a former New York Jet, has completed over 80% of his passes through 2 weeks, albeit with just 2 touchdowns to show for his new, disciplined approach to game management.
While in years past, the 12th man has made a name for itself and made Seattle a tough place for opponents to visit, I’m riding with the Falcons this week with the money line (-105) and to cover the spread of +1 (-110). The Falcons have played two tough teams and given both a run for their money, losing by a combined 5 points, while the Seahawks took home the W in Week 1 against Russ and the Broncos, only to lose 28-7 in Week 2 to the Trey Lance/Jimmy Garopolo QB combo.
Cordarrelle Patterson has been quiet as a receiver in weeks 1 and 2, but I’m taking him for O 15.5 receiving yards (-114), a number he surpassed 9 times in 2021. I’ll also keep a close eye on Kyle Pitts as the Seahawks will likely try to take away Drake London as much as possible given his fast start to the season.