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MNF Fallout: Packers Outlast Falcons, Fail To Cover Spread

The Green Bay Packers held on to get the victory against the Atlanta Falcons, 43-37 on Monday Night Football.

The Packers did not do anyone who bet on them any favors, though, failing to cover the spread as the Falcons attempted to make a late-game comeback. The totals his way over the 56 marked on most sportsbooks, so those who bet on the over had something to be excited about.

Overall, the Packers absolutely controlled the game for the most part. Eddie Lacy had a rushing touchdown and also caught an Aaron Rodgers pass. Rodgers also connected with two other receivers for a total of three touchdown passes. With all that the Packers built a 24-point lead and simply held on for the victory.

The Falcons made a valiant effort to get back in the game, though. Julio Jones put up 259 receiving yards before having to bow out of the game with a hip injury. Matt Ryan threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Harry Douglas near the two minute warning in the fourth quarter to come within a possession.

The Falcons would not catch anymore breaks, though, as Green Bay picked up the onside kick and a big rushing play gave the Packers the room they needed to let the clock run out.

The Packers earned their fifth straight win and are a game ahead of the Detroit Lions in the NFC North. Betting trends have quickly changed. While just yesterday the New England Patriots were on top of the Super Bowl future odds with 7/2, the Packers have overtaking them with 13/4.

Bettors confidence in the Packers is not unfounded. Rodgers put on an MVP-caliber performance, and while the Packers did struggle to stop the run, they still got the w’ and that is what matters.

Even with the loss, Atlanta stays tied for the top spot in the ugly NFC South. They have a losing 5-8 record but that is good enough for that division.

The Falcons could hang on and find a playoff spot, but with their level of play it is hard to imagine them going anywhere down the stretch.


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