NFL Week 15: Giants vs. Falcons

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Dec 2012

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New York Giants (+1) @ Atlanta Falcons (-1) Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 1 p.m. ET

Is arguably the most talented football team in the NFC this season, the Atlanta Falcons have dominated the competition for the majority of the year with only two losses thus far. Although many still doubt the Falcons’ ability to be successful in the playoffs, Atlanta’s ability to be successful in the regular season is without doubt as Matt Ryan and company continue to pave the way to another playoff push towards a Super Bowl appearance. Whether or not a Super Bowl appearance is actually in the cards for the Falcons doesn’t matter, what does matter is the fact they have perhaps one of the toughest games on the schedule ahead in Week 15 against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants. The Giants remain one of the most resourceful teams in the NFL this season and in seasons past with everybody discounting them and getting burned late in the season or during the playoffs as you Eli Manning and company continue to prove that they are the real deal. This season may be the toughest season of all for Tom Coughlin as his team has been struggling as of late despite the pounding of the New Orleans Saints last weekend. After putting a 52 points against arguably the worst defense in the NFL last weekend, the Giants proved that they are still not offensive force in the NFL and that may carry over into the playoffs if they can can clinch a playoff spot in the NFC. Unfortunately, the Giants learned that they will be without running back Ahmad Bradshaw against the Falcons this weekend and that does not bode well for the running game. Although the Giants are a predominantly passing football team with Manning doing most of the legwork on offense, the running game is crucial to the passing game success and will take a backseat with rookie David Wilson trying to shoulder the load out of the backfield. The Falcons may not have an elite defense and their defense might be one of the main reasons people doubt how good this team truly is come playoff time, but they should be overdue enough against New York on Sunday to come out with a win and improve to 12-2 on the season. At this point in time, the Giants will head to the Georgia Dome as -1 point underdogs. The Falcons are as good as any team in the NFL at home and should pull out this victory in Atlanta.

Prediction: Falcons -1

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