UFC 253 comes packed with fireworks from both inside the octagon and the betting lines as middleweight king Israel Adesanya settles his grudge with the unbeaten destroyer, Paulo Costa. Both fighters are explosive strikers and with ill will all but guaranteeing heated exchanges. Co-headlining are red-hot fighters Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz facing off for the vacant light heavyweight title. Let's break down these fights and see which bets we can cash.
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Falcons vs Seahawks Preview and Prediction
Atlanta Falcons vs Seattle Seahawks
The NFL's hottest offensive team, the Atlanta Falcons enter the NFL Playoffs with a tough assignment right off the bat: the former Superbowl Champs, the Seattle Seahawks. The Falcons are -205 on most betting lines and will have home turf advantage against a Seahawks team that was under .500 on the road. They have a comeback of +170. The Falcons finished first in the NFL in total points scored and second in total yards but the Seahawks have allowed the third-fewest points.
Matt Ryan, the Falcons' man under center had himself an MVP year recording career-highs across the board: passing yards, touchdowns, completion percentage, and QB rating. Sharing in his success are his proficient group of receivers led by the indomitable Julio Jones and prolific running backs like Devonta Freeman. But he'll need to bring his game against a Seahawks defense that still ranks in the top-ten in passing defense even without Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas. On the other ends, the Falcons' D needs to step up and can't rely on Ryan to get into gunfights as the Seahawks' Russell Wilson is quite the quarterback himself.
Falcons vs Seahawks NFL Playoffs Prediction
In a battle between a super-powered offensive team like the Falcons and a defensive stalwart like the Seahawks, it can be almost a coin toss. Defense usually wins out especially in the playoffs when the level of play is elevated and the Seahawks have more playoff experience but it's tough to bet against the red-hot Matt Ryan and the "Dirty Birds". Wait the lines to see where it trends but as it stands, the Seahawks have slightly more value at plus money and even if they aren't the best road team (3-4-1), the Falcons aren't invincible at home either (5-3).
NFL Playoffs 2017 Fixtures and Odds
It's heyday for NFL betting as the NFL Playoffs head to the Divisional Round where popular teams like the New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, and the streaking Atlanta Falcons come into the picture. Bettors roll into the top online sportsbooks like to wager on their teams and new players can avail of a signup bonus of up to $200 in cash value. The only thing better than seeing your favourite teams win is profiting along with them and there's plenty of opportunity for that this weekend and going forward.
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