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NFL : ATS Matchup
Saturday 1/6/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




ATLANTA (10 - 6) at LA RAMS (11 - 5)
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Week 18 Saturday, 1/6/2018 8:15 PM
NFC Wildcard Playoffs
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104LA RAMS-4-5.5
ATLANTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games10-6-7.47-95-1122.112.4364.9(6.1)
Road Games5-3+1.52-63-521.611.7363.0(6.2)1.122.613.5335.6(5.6)0.9
Last 3 Games2-1+11-20-319.78.0370.7(5.8)0.718.09.0312.0(5.5)1.7
Grass Games2-1+0.50-30-321.312.3379.0(6.5)0.319.310.3334.7(5.8)1.0
ATLANTA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)22.112.420.629:5027-116(4.3)21-3364.7%249(7.5)60-365(6.1)(16.5)
Opponents Defensive Avg.21.510.919.630:5426-109(4.1)22-3563.2%230(6.7)61-338(5.6)(15.8)
Offense Road Games21.611.720.129:1726-111(4.3)21-3264.9%252(7.8)58-363(6.2)(16.8)
Defense (All Games)19.79.920.230:1025-104(4.1)23-3565.5%214(6.2)60-318(5.3)(16.2)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.410.719.730:1827-112(4.1)22-3463.8%226(6.7)61-339(5.6)(15.1)
Defense Road Games22.613.520.530:4326-113(4.4)23-3567.1%222(6.4)60-336(5.6)(14.8)
ATLANTA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 12-538.3%1-168.4%2-54(26.2)1-11(8.1)6-55
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.90.51.5 13-539.5%1-047.1%2-44(21.8)17-2(8.4)7-57
Stats Against (Road Games) 12-436.0%1-162.5%2-62(29)2-17(7.9)6-59

LA RAMS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games11-5+5.89-710-529.917.5361.5(6)1.320.611.7339.9(5.6)1.7
Home Games3-4-23-43-326.113.3356.6(6)1.922.313.4342.6(5.6)1.9
Last 3 Games2-1+11-23-027.317.7335.0(5.3)1.321.311.0326.0(5.6)2.0
Grass Games7-4+25-66-428.316.1362.7(6)1.621.412.2342.5(5.6)1.7
LA RAMS - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)29.917.519.430:0628-122(4.3)20-3261.8%240(7.4)61-361(6)(12.1)
Opponents Defensive Avg.21.910.41930:0227-107(4)21-3460.9%222(6.4)61-329(5.4)(15)
Offense Home Games26.113.318.429:2124-94(3.9)21-3561.2%263(7.5)59-357(6)(13.6)
Defense (All Games)20.611.718.729:5426-122(4.7)20-3558.4%217(6.3)61-340(5.6)(16.5)
Opponents Offensive Avg.21.710.519.230:2527-110(4)21-3461.2%224(6.5)62-335(5.4)(15.4)
Defense Home Games22.313.418.730:3927-127(4.6)20-3459.7%216(6.3)61-343(5.6)(15.4)
LA RAMS - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-537.9%1-160.0%1-32(22.6)2-9(6.1)6-50
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.90.51.5 14-537.5%1-052.1%2-40(21.4)16-2(7.7)7-60
Stats Against (Home Games) 14-535.1%1-060.0%0-4(14.5)2-12(6.4)6-50
Average power rating of opponents played: ATLANTA 21.8,  LA RAMS 20.2
ATLANTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/20/2017@ SEATTLE34-31W1W46O30-8919-27-190123-13627-43-2242
11/26/2017TAMPA BAY34-20W-10W47O28-14827-36-368123-9427-44-2790
12/7/2017NEW ORLEANS20-17W-2.5W51.5U37-13215-27-211315-5026-35-2561
12/18/2017@ TAMPA BAY24-21W-7L50U35-20117-31-209018-8427-35-2891
12/24/2017@ NEW ORLEANS13-23L5.5L51.5U20-6722-36-264231-8621-28-2291
1/6/2018@ LA RAMS            

LA RAMS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/19/2017@ MINNESOTA7-24L2L46U17-4523-37-209135-17127-38-2800
11/26/2017NEW ORLEANS26-20W-3W54U25-8828-44-327117-12322-32-2230
12/3/2017@ ARIZONA32-16W-7.5W43.5O24-9021-31-213124-11818-32-1942
12/17/2017@ SEATTLE42-7W-1W47.5O43-24415-23-108117-7814-30-712
12/24/2017@ TENNESSEE27-23W-6L46.5O26-11622-39-286126-9722-39-2691
12/31/2017SAN FRANCISCO13-34L6L44O26-10220-34-149230-17120-33-2923
ATLANTA: The Falcons lost the league's best offensive coordinator in Kyle Shanahan (now the 49ers' head coach), but MVP QB Matt Ryan still has arguably the league's best WR in Julio Jones, and Atlanta got great production from the rest of their receiving group when Jones drew copious defensive attention. Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman might be the NFL's best RB combo: Both are great receivers, patient runners and homerun threats in the open field. Atlanta's defense improved greatly during the course of 2016. Edge-rusher Vic Beasley led the league in sacks, rookies LB Deion Jones and S Keanu Neal matured quickly, CB Robert Alford established himself as a bona fide No. 1 CB and DT Grady Jarrett was simply dominant in the Super Bowl. Newly-acquired DT Dontari Poe is a space-eating run-stuffer, and elite CB Desmond Trufant is back after missing ten games with a shoulder injury.
LA RAMS: QB Jared Goff's rookie season was a disaster, but help is on the way. New head coach Sean McVay ran an excellently-designed offense in Washington, and L.A. made a huge upgrade at OT with the signing of longtime Bengal Andrew Whitworth. Goff has little talent to worth with, however, as WR Robert Woods might be his No. 1 target. RB Todd Gurley was a huge disappointment last season, but should benefit from improved O-line play. New coordinator Wade Phillips, one of the all-time greats in that role, has a talented front seven to work with. All-Pro DL Aaron Donald is an aggressive gameplan-wrecker, and Robert Quinn is as quick as any edge-rusher. LB Alec Ogletree and hybrid DB/LB Mark Barron both cover a ton of ground, but need work on diagnosing and reacting to plays. The secondary is full of question marks beyond CB Trumaine Johnson.
Upstart Rams host Falcons in wild-card round

The Los Angeles Rams are trying to get to where the Atlanta Falcons were last season -- the Super Bowl.

That's a lofty goal for the NFL's youngest team. But Los Angeles (11-5) can take its first step in that direction when hosting the Falcons (10-6) in an NFC wild-card game Saturday night.

In the Rams' second year in their return to L.A., they will host a playoff game at the storied Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the first time since the 1978 season.

Atlanta returns to the playoffs after last season's painful loss in Super Bowl LI. The Falcons led the New England Patriots by 25 points before succumbing, 34-28 in overtime.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn isn't expecting that meltdown to haunt his squad.

"I love the resiliency and the toughness of this team," Quinn said. "When you've been through some of the fire together, you come out the other side stronger as a brotherhood."

The Rams have done little wrong under rookie head coach Sean McVay. At 31, McVay is the league's youngest coach and is directing its most prolific offense.

Behind a unit averaging nearly 30 points per game, McVay helped flip a team that went 4-12 last season to NFC West champions and back in the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

Quarterback Jared Goff has gone from bust to being accurate and efficient. Running back Todd Gurley churned out a league-best 2,093 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns.

With wide receivers Sammy Watkins, Roberts Woods and rookie Cooper Kupp, there's no shortage of targets for Goff to aim his passes.

But the Falcons have a core of players and the motivation from that painful Super Bowl lesson tucked away. They are older and maybe wiser, but the No. 3-seeded Rams, aren't fretting over their lack of postseason reps.

"I don't think it is a concern," McVay said. "When I say that, I have a whole lot of respect for experience and what that does and the value that it provides. But I do think that we've got a confident group, a mature group for a young football team."

How Goff responds to the oversized setting is among the red flags the team's detractors mention. But after going 0-7 in his rookie year, Goff has thrown for 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions this year in leading a balanced attack. He seems at-ease with the task at hand.

"I think more than anything it's a big game," Goff said. "I think that's what it boils down to and we do have experience with that stuff.

"We played a big game in Seattle a couple weeks ago. We played a big game two weeks ago against Tennessee. We played a big game against the Eagles ... we had a bunch of big games against top teams this year and so I think that experience will translate mostly to this game."

Quinn is familiar with Goff's offensive coordinator, Matt LaFleur. He held that same position with the Falcons last year.

"What I have been most impressed by is you have to defend the entire field," Quinn said of LaFleur's approach. "When you have a team that has the run, has the play-action, the quarterback-boot and stuff, it makes it real difficult and challenging to defend."

The sixth-seeded Falcons will lean on savvy quarterback Matt Ryan (20 touchdowns, 12 interceptions) and a deep running attack spearheaded by Devonta Freeman (865 yards, seven touchdowns).

Although Julio Jones has had an inconsistent season, he remains dangerous with 1,444 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

While McVay is the youthful vibe of offense, it'll be the sage Wade Phillips, the Rams' 70-year-old defensive coordinator doing his best to stop the Falcons.

All of this will be played out in the historic L.A. Coliseum venue with an expected 70,000 on hand to toast the Rams return to the playoffs in L.A. The Rams left Los Angeles and relocated to St. Louis after the 1994 season, an absence that lasted until 2016.

"It's definitely a cool thing," Goff said. "After football has been gone here for so long and we came back year two and being able to bring a playoff game to the Coliseum is very cool."

Last Updated: 1/24/2019 5:59:07 AM EST

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