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NFL Playoffs Betting: Falcons vs. Cardinals at Sports Gambling

NFL playoffs betting Saturday includes two NFC teams that did not figure to be posted on the NFL playoffs odds board back in August.
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NFL playoffs betting on the Atlanta Falcons and Arizona Cardinals should be one of the most exciting challenges for NFL playoffs odds handicappers this week.  The Atlanta Falcons have emerged from the dead of last year and into NFL playoffs betting action because of a great new head coach and a superb rookie quarterback.

Head coach Mike Smith and quarterback Matt Ryan have combined to make the Falcons a serious threat against the NFL playoffs odds.  Ryan was named the NFL’s top offensive rookie and brings strong NFL playoffs betting credentials with 3440 yards passing and a 61% completion ratio.

Ryan’s favorite target is Roddy White who will be another key asset in the NFL playoffs for Atlanta as he had 88 catches for 1382 yards and 7 TD’s.  Atlanta has good NFL playoffs betting balance as Michael Turner rushed for an impressive 1699 yards and 17 TD’s with a nice 4.5 YPC average.

Overall the Falcons ranked 6th in the NFL in overall offense.  The big NFL playoffs betting concern about Atlanta is their 24th ranked defense.  Long time NFL playoffs betting handicappers will tell you that you cannot expect post season success against the NFL playoffs odds without a reliable defense.

Atlanta enters NFL playoffs betting with an overall record of 11-5 straight up and 9-7 against the spread.  They went under the total in 6 out of 8 road games and covered 5 out of 9 games as dogs.  The Arizona Cardinals have similar NFL playoffs credentials to the Falcons.

Arizona was ranked 4th overall on offense and 18th overall on defense.  Quarterback Kurt Warner is the big NFL playoffs betting weapon for the Cardinals.  Warner threw for 4583 yards and had a good 30/14 TD/INT ratio with a rating of 96.9.

Arizona boasts THREE 1000+ yard receivers heading into NFL playoffs betting with Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, and Steve Breaston.  The Cardinals went just 2-4 both straight up and against the spread down the stretch.

Head coach Ken Whisenhunt deserves the credit for leading this team into NFL playoffs betting action for the first time in a decade.

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