Falcons vs. Vikings NFL Lock Pick

OffshoreInsiders.com Senior Sports Handicapper Matt Rivers has a sports betting pick on the Atlanta Falcons (-9) to Minnesota.

Reasoning: With Adrian Peterson out and the Falcons in the Matt Ryan era being dominant at home I’ll chew a little chalk today and take my chances against a Minnesota team that is awful and playing for pretty much nothing.

Julio Jones is one reason to bet on the Falcons

The Vikings do still have some talent when healthy and Christian Ponder is an athletic guy who may grow into a legitimate NFL player but this is not a very good spot for the former Florida State quarterback. Without Peterson Ponder is going to have to make more plays and that will not be an easy task today against an Atlanta team that is in desperate need of a win in order to keep pace with teams like Chicago, Detroit, Dallas and the Giants. There are only two spots in this NFC Wild Card race which means it could take at least 11 wins in order to get there and doing anything other than coming out blazing and playing great against a well inferior team should not happen.

Julio Jones is expected to return and with Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez, Michael Turner and even an improving Harry Douglas Mike Smith’s offense is super capable and frankly light years ahead of today’s opponent.

The Vikes are an aging team that has watched the window come and go. Jared Allen has certainly been a beast but 2-8 is 2-8 and this team has laid a few stinky eggs on the road of late. The defeat in Green Bay was never close and the loss in Chicago was not really much better. Leslie Frazier’s squad is 1-4 outside of the Metrodome and without their superstar running back things really shouldn’t be all that good today.

Top expert pick on this game: Atlanta

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Matt Rivers has been a champion handicapper for years at a previous outlet and left for a new challenge once again proving he is the best in the business, bar none.

Matt received a Bachelor of Arts from a top 20 college, Emory University in Atlanta, and has worked at two major television networks covering both pro and college sports. A thorough knowledge of the sports world combined with personal gambling experience along with years of professional handicapping has helped mold Mr. Rivers into the rock solid consistent winner that he is today.

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