NFL Betting: Seahawks a live Week 15 underdog

By: Sports Interaction | Friday, December 17, 2010
Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco and Baltimore get the job done Sunday versus the Saints.

Baltimore is a frustrating team for bettors. Super Bowl Champions at the start of the decade, Baltimore threatens to dominate nearly every year but never quite gets there.

Joe Flacco was expected to be the answer at quarterback but Joe hasn’t stepped to the elite level of Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning yet – or even Philip Rivers and Matt Ryan.

Flacco can still let you down. The Ravens beat the Jets on the first Sunday night of the season and won at Pittsburgh, but they also lost to Cincinnati and had to get out of jail last Monday night against Houston. That makes a man nervous when he has put down the cash.

Despite all that, Baltimore minus the point is a good bet this weekend. New Orleans has put its early season, post-Super Bowl blues behind it and the Saints are not surrendering their championship without a fight. On a neutral field you’d expect Brees to outgun Flacco, but this game is in Baltimore and the impact of the weather can’t be discounted. Baltimore minus one at home to New Orleans with Sports Interaction is the pick.

Elsewhere, Jacksonville is a team that’s face-to-face with its destiny this Sunday when the Jaguars travel to Lucas Oil Stadium to take on the Colts. The road to the AFC South was always going through Indianapolis but the Colts haven’t looked this vulnerable since Jim Mora doubted their chances of making the playoffs 10 years ago.

It’s hard to have complete faith in Jacksonville because Peyton Manning is so much better a quarterback than David Garrard. Garrard, like the Ravens’ Flacco, can have huge days, but he can be pretty lousy as well. The Jags’ game plan is about eating the clock and pounding the ball but if you fall behind that plan becomes very flawed.

Question marks over the Jags’ ability mount a game winning drive as time ticks away notwithstanding, five points is just too much for the Colts to lay in what is in reality a very evenly matched contest. Indy will probably still win, but not by much. Jacksonville plus five at Indianapolis with Sports Interaction is the pick.

Finally, a pick where the formbook goes out the window. This year there’s no comparison between the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta is going to the playoffs and could win the Super Bowl, while Seattle’s only hope of football in January is if the rest of the NFC West is worse than it is.

That said, the Falcons are laying 6½ points when they fly 2500 miles northwest to Seattle. It’s a long flight and the game will be played in miserable weather, far from the comforts of the Georgia Dome. The points are too much to resist – Seattle plus 6½ at home to Atlanta is the third and final pick of the week.

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