Authored by NFL Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2014 Football game on Sunday December 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm EST.
The (8-5) Pittsburgh Steelers of the AFC North division will make the trip from Western Pennsylvania to the Gateway to the South to take on the (5-8) Atlanta Falcons of the NFC South in 2014 NFL action. The team will play at The Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. This Sports Handicapper believes the Pittsburgh Steelers made a statement in a blowout win at divisional rival Cincinnati last Sunday. The Atlanta Falcons are still in the playoff hunt in their weak division. The betting line has Atlanta as a three-point home underdog Against The Spread, and the betting odds total is at 55 points for Sunday’s game.
The 2014-15 Pittsburgh Steelers have covered their last four Against The Spread in the month of December and are 1/2 game behind first-place Cincinnati in the standings. The Steelers have won five of seven straight up and are 2-3 Against The Point Spread their last five, going over the betting odds total three times and staying under twice their last five NFL Expert ATS Picks in 2014. The Pittsburgh Steelers use the long ball and tough defense in their win at Cincinnati last week and should rely on the same formula vs. The Falcons. Pittsburgh has the best running back in all of football with Le’Veon Bell, who rushed for 185 yards in last weeks win.
The 2014-15 Atlanta Falcons made a heroic comeback last Monday night but fell short in a 43-37 road loss at Green Bay. The Falcons have lost three of their last four straight up in the “ATL”, and the betting odds total has stayed under in five of their last six after a straight up loss. Atlanta is 2-2 Against The Point Spread their last four at home, going over the betting odds total twice and staying under twice. Matt Ryan will be under center Sunday for Sunday’s game. Atlanta needs to be more consistent for four quarters on both sides of the football, the key to a Falcons win is to play inspired football for an entire game. The injury bug has hit their secondary, and they have to play a zone defense most of the game.
Free Pick: Atlanta+3.