Pick 5: Minnesota vs. Atlanta and Pittsburgh vs. Seattle

Pick 5: Minnesota vs. Atlanta and Pittsburgh vs. Seattle

The Teaser: Pair Minnesota and Pittsburgh

Game 1: Minnesota vs. Atlanta

The Initial Line:

Minnesota +1 away vs. Atlanta

The Take:

Add 7 points to Minnesota’s line

The Final Line:

Minnesota +8

The Breakdown:

Minnesota had their 5 game win streak snapped by division rival Green Bay, losing 30-13. Atlanta lost another home game, giving up their lead to lose to Indianapolis 24-21. Atlanta has now lost 3 straight games after a 6-1 start. Minnesota is tied with GB for the NFC North lead at 7-3, as they have mainly been carried by the defense and the play of Adrian Peterson. AP now leads the NFL in rushing yds with over 1,000, even though he only had 45 in their loss Sunday. He will face another tough challenge against Atlanta’s #1 rush defense. Minnesota’s defense has also been stellar for the year, as they rank 3rd in points allowed/game. This should help slow Atlanta’s potent offense, although they haven’t been as threatening the past couple weeks. They’ve failed to eclipse 21 pts during their 3 game losing streak, although they gained over 25 pts in each of the first 5 games of the season. This should be a close game, but take Minnesota with some extra insurance.

Final Stat: Atlanta has hurt themselves with turnovers lately, as they’ve given the ball away 18 times this season. Minnesota has only given it away 10 times (5th in NFL).

Game 2: Pittsburgh vs. Seattle

The Initial Line:

Pittsburgh +4.5 away vs. Seattle

The Take:

Add 7 points to Pittsburgh’s line

The Final Line:

Pittsburgh +11.5

The Breakdown:

Pittsburgh had a bye week in week 11 after a 6-4 start to the year. Seattle got a much needed home victory against division rival San Francisco 29-13. Pittsburgh has been another team that has battled though major injuries and still stayed above the .500 mark. The Roethlisberger to Brown connection has been almost unstoppable this season, as Brown has 1,141 receiving yds in 10 games (5 100-yd games, 1 200-yd game). Seattle has been up-and-down all season, as they sit at 5-5 despite being the super bowl favorite going into the year. The offense has struggled to produce consistently, as they’ve only scored 30+ pts twice this season. Despite the injury to star RB Le’veon Bell, Dangelo Williams has filled in nicely to keep Pittsburgh 6th in rush yds/game. The defense has surprisingly performed well despite being a young unit, as they sit tied for 5th in pts allowed/game. This should be another close game between 2 potential playoff contenders, and will likely be decided on the last drive. Take Pittsburgh with the points here.

Final Stat: Pittsburgh is 6th in the NFL in turnover differential. Seattle is tied for 14th.

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