Will the Sportsbooks Pick Ryan or Rodgers?
Posted by: Mike Davis
After beating the Dallas Cowboys at Jerry World, the Aaron Rodgers led Green Bay Packers are primed to compete for the NFC title this upcoming Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Both the Falcons and Packers delivered spectacular performances this past weekend and those betting on NFL games can expect nothing less for this Sunday’s contest. This year’s rendition of the NFL championship game will pit two potential MVPs against each other. Let’s see which MVP-candidate the sportsbooks are backing.
NFL ODDS – NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – Sunday, January 22nd
Green Bay Packers +4 (-110) 59½ (-110) +165
Those who watched Rodgers complete a 36-yard pass to put the Packers in field goal range might disagree with the odds, but sportsbooks have decided to back Matt Ryan in this championship matchup. Nevertheless, the Falcons –Ryan in particular, didn’t miss a beat against a tough Seattle secondary and are more than capable of winning the NFC this upcoming weekend.
Against the Seahawks secondary, which ranked 8th against the pass during the regular season, Ryan was able to throw for 338 yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and a125.7 passer rating after completing 26/37 passes and delivering a near flawless performance. The Falcons won 11 games this season and were favorites when betting on NFL games all year long and that trend hasn’t stopped in the playoffs. The Falcons didn’t have any problems throwing the ball against Seattle and didn’t have too much of a hard time running the ball either. The Falcons amassed 99 yards on the ground on 29 carries averaging 3.4 yards per carry.
Defensively the Falcons delivered an astounding playoff performance as well. On top of forcing two interceptions, the Falcons held Russell Wilson under 225 passing yards and under 50 yards on the ground. However, overall the Seahawks gained 101 yards on the ground on 21 carries averaging 4.8 yards per carry. Nevertheless, Atlanta was able to hold Seattle to 20 points. But will they be able to hold Rodgers to that amount?
Before the season started, the Green Bay Packers were sportsbook favorites to make it to the Super Bowl. Thanks to Aaron Rodgers’ unbelievable arm, the Packers are one step closer to bringing the Vince Lombardi trophy home. Against the Cowboys, Rodgers didn’t play his best game, missing some key throws early on and even throwing an interception. However, there were some drops on the part of the receivers that would have indubitably helped their quarterback out. Nonetheless, when it came down to making the game winning throw Rodgers did not fail.
The Cowboys had just tied the game 31-31 but thanks to a decision to spike and stop the clock, there was 35 seconds left in the 4th quarter. Rodgers proved that 35 seconds is more than enough time by making one of the clutchest throws in the history of the NFL. On 3rd and 20, seconds after receiving a brutal sack, Rodgers was able to roll to his left and whip a ball 35 yards down the field to find his tight end Jared Cook – who made an immaculate reception to set up a game winning field goal. No doubt those betting on NFL games have seen Rodgers deliver these type of performances over the last couple of weeks. If the Falcons want to see their team on an online Super Bowl betting line, they better find a way to stop Rodgers.