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.
NFL Point Spread: Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles Divisional Playoffs
You may not have heard this, but The Atlanta Falcons blew a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl. That quote and meme still haunt them everywhere they go, and it will literally take a Super Bowl win to exorcise the demons of a year ago. It’s been the chip on their shoulder pads all year, and they know this can easily become their legacy. Unless they win, they’re chokers of a historical status, or another footnote in the Patriots’ dynasty storybook.
I have a hard time not taking the Falcons here. They’re more experienced, and more talented, as both teams sit right now. Carson Wentz at QB? Different story, and different game altogether. But my brain is simply refusing to process a scenario where Matt Ryan goes down in the playoffs to… Nick Foles. So I’m taking the Dirty Birds all the way to the Super Bowl in a rematch with The Patriots. Top-heavy standings aren’t great for diversity in the NHL (Penguins), NBA (Warriors and Cavs) or NFL (Pats). But it does make for sound betting strategies.
Prediction: The Atlanta Falcons (-3) at Sports Interaction
I’m not ragging on Nick Foles, I promise. He is living the backup quarterback's dream/nightmare right now. He’s stepped into the spotlight and replaced the superstar MVP candidate. What has he done with that spotlight, so far?
He came off the bench and went 6/10 and 42 yards in the win against the Rams. That is pretty much the last time The Eagles beat a good team. Next, he was a solid 24/38 for 237 yards and no picks, as they beat the god-awful Giants in New York. Next, he sputtered through an ugly 19/38, 1 TD and 1 INT game in a win over the disappointing Raiders. And then he went 4/11 before relinquishing the game to backup-backup, turned-backup Nate Sudfeld in a meaningless/ scoreless finale against the Cowboys.
In the two relevant games behind his arm, the Eagles are scoring 26.5 points a game. That’s just slightly above the even 26 points per game the Eagles averaged for the whole season. Here’s hoping he can dig deep and help the Eagles win their first playoff game since 2008. Not betting on that, though... Pulling for him, but not betting on him
Meanwhile, what can you say about the Atlanta Falcons? Atlanta scored 22.1 points a game, while holding teams to 19.7 points per night. They were impressive last week against a tough Rams team, and have won 4 of their last 5 games overall. Let’s be honest though, they really did win the seeding lottery by Philly being so good for so long and clinching the bye, but still being undermanned. We’re literally talking about a No. 1 seed being the underdog in its playoff opener against a No. 6 for the first time in NFL history.
It’s OK. Philly fans are even-tempered and reasonable, right?
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