There’s already been plenty of line movement. The Falcons are 3-point home favorites inside the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, meaning Vegas thinks they’ll win by a field goal. The line opened at Falcons -1.
The Over-Under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, stands at 54, down a half-point from where it opened.
Before you make any bets on Falcons-Packers, you’ll want to hear what SportsLine Senior Analyst Larry Hartstein has to say.
Last week, he faded the Falcons as seven-point favorites at Soldier Field. The result: the Bears covered and nearly won outright. It was Hartstein’s eighth straight win picking for or against the Falcons.
Part of his success: Hartstein was a sportswriter based in Atlanta for 15 years. He has his pulse on the Falcons.
He’s going for nine Falcons picks in a row on Sunday Night Football, and he’s sharing his pick over at SportsLine.
Hartstein knows these two teams met in last season’s NFC title game at the Georgia Dome and the Falcons easily covered as 6.5-point favorites. They won by 23, but that doesn’t mean lightning strikes twice, especially in prime time against Packers QB Aaron Rodgers.
The Packers handled the Seahawks in Week 1, covering the spread and holding Russell Wilson to 158 yards and a completion percentage barely above 50. Rodgers had more passing yards (311) than the Seahawks had total yards (225) and the Packers’ defense owned Seattle’s offensive line, sacking Wilson three…
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