The Atlanta Falcons (7-4 SU and ATS) have one of the best offenses in the NFL. The Kansas City Chiefs (8-3 SU, 5-6 ATS) rely on defense and special teams. Both powerhouses meet Sunday afternoon at the Georgia Dome, kicking off at 1 PM ET on CBS; the Falcons are 3.5-point favorites at press time, with a total of 49.
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Atlanta leads the league in scoring at 32.5 points per game, thanks to an MVP-quality performance from QB Matt Ryan (26 TDs, six INTs). However, the Falcons’ defense is suspect, leaving the OVER at 9-2 on the season. Things could get worse after DE Adrian Clayborn left last week’s win over Arizona with a torn MCL. He’s expected to miss at least one month of action and might not return until the playoffs.
The Chiefs are healthy by comparison, and they should have DT Dontari Poe (back spasms) in uniform Sunday, after he was forced out of last week’s victory over Denver. Their combination of potent defense, power running, and “game manager” QB Alex Smith (10 TDs, four INTs) has the UNDER at 8-3 for Kansas City, including six of the last seven games.
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