Fanduel NFL Week 7 NFL Picks 10/22/2017 Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots DFS Top Picks for Fanduel NFL and DraftKings
As everyone remembers, Atlanta led the Patriots 28-3 in the Super Bowl this February only to collapse in the second half and lose in overtime. The Falcons insisted there would be no hangover and they started this season 3-0, but it was an unspectacular 3-0 and now it is an even less spectacular 3-2. Atlanta survived Chicago after the Bears dropped a touchdown pass in the final seconds and escaped Detroit when a Lions’ touchdown on the final play of the game got overturned. The ball has not bounced the Falcons’ way of late, as they are coming off consecutive home losses to other AFC East competition in the Bills and Dolphins. This is a franchise that knows a thing or two about blown leads, and they squandered another one against Miami last weekend. Atlanta took a 17-0 lead into halftime only to get shut out over the final 30 minutes and lose to the Dolphins 20-17. Matt Ryan was picked off once (on his team’s last drive of the contest) and the Falcons again featured a very imbalanced offensive attack with 35 pass attempts and 19 rushes. Ryan has thrown six interceptions through six games in 2017 after being victimized a grand total of seven times all last year. Not too much unlike the Falcons, the Patriots have showcased less than their best football in the preliminary stages of the 2017 campaign. They are a decent 4-2 with home losses to Kansas City and Carolina to go along with a quartet of unimpressive wins–including three by one possession and one (last week’s 24-17 victory over the Jets) aided by a shocking replay decision that took away an apparent New York touchdown in the fourth quarter. New England is once again saddled with a porous defense that ranks dead last in the NFL with room to spare (440.7 yards per game; no other club is allowing more than 410.0). On the bright side, however, Tom Brady–as usual–is playing like an MVP candidate. The 40-year-old has tossed 13 scoring strikes while being picked off only twice and he has thrown for 1,959 yards while completing more than 65 percent of his passes. He has a healthy Rob Gronkowski at his disposal and the star tight end is second on the team in receptions (26), yards (401), and touchdowns (four). The Falcons are a stellar third in total defense, but they are a more mediocre 12th against the pass. Brady shredded them in the second half and overtime during the Super Bowl and there is no reason to think he will be unable to do so again. Atlanta cannot be playing with confidence, either, having lost to much worse AFC East opposition at home.
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