WKBW Sports squad predict Week 17 game against Falcons
ORCHARD PARK, NY (WKBW) – The next time the Bills play on the road, it’s either in the playoffs or next season. With a win over Atlanta and a little help, Buffalo can land a playoff berth on Sunday. The Falcons are 7-8 this year and are still hunting in the NFC as well.
With two games remaining on their schedule, the Bills are in control of their own destiny. If the Bills can end the season with wins over the Falcons and Jets, they will be crowned AFC East champions for the second straight season. Regardless of what happens this weekend, the AFC East won’t be won until the last week of the regular season.
Like the Bills, the Falcons are also fighting for their playoff hopes, although their path to the playoffs is much more complicated. For the Falcons, they need to win their last two games and have multiple teams ahead of them in the standings and lose multiple games. Atlanta has a conference record of 4-7, which doesn’t bode well for any tiebreaker scenarios.
As for the game itself, the Bills are huge favorites. In most casinos and betting sites, tickets are favored by more than two touchdowns.
Matt Ryan is still a solid quarterback and can do damage. Frankly, he’ll be one of the best quarterbacks the Bills have faced this year. His favorite targets are rookie tight end Kyle Pitts and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. All three lose a threat to the Bills, but the Falcons’ struggles on the offensive line have held them back all season. Despite their weapons on offense, Atlanta is averaging just 18.5 points per game this season. For context, the Bills score an average of 28.5 points per game.
In defense, the Falcons are even worse. Atlanta allows their opponents to score nearly 27 points per game. If the Bills can keep scoring at the rate they’ve had since the second half of the Bucs game, that game could get away from the Falcons and put them in a hole too deep to get out. Atlanta isn’t the worst team the Bills have faced this season, but the arrival of a team from the Dome to Orchard Park in January does not bode well for visitors.
Tickets: 29, Falcons: 17
Season summary: 10-5
With two weeks in the regular season, the Bills play their fourth playoff appearance since 2017. It hasn’t been the best year, but the Bills have found a way back into the AFC East driver’s seat. and as long as they’re mindful of business, they’ll be playing postseason football inside Highmark Stadium in a few weeks.
The Falcons aren’t the worst team in the league [7-9] and their roster is full of talent. However, the Bills are a more complete football team on both sides of the ball and that is what will count in this game.
Cordarrelle Peterson and Kyle Pitts will cause trouble at times of this one, I don’t expect both to be completely shut down, but these two can’t match the Bills’ offense which has way too much to do. weapons so this Falcons defense can follow. They’ve become a unit, even more so in recent weeks, where any of the four targets on the ground at any given time can capitalize and not match, and that will be a big deal.
This one favors the Bills and there aren’t many reasons why they can’t and shouldn’t win this game.
Tickets: 30, Falcons: 20
Season summary: 11-4
The Bills seem to have finally found an identity and settled there. Since the second half of the Buccaneers game, while it wasn’t perfect, both sides of the ball have finally recovered. This is the complementary football that we got used to at the end of September and the beginning of October.
In order for Buffalo’s offense to get things going, it needs to get aggressive in the red zone. Only two NFL teams have allowed more passing touchdowns than the Falcons; the Bills have already played both: Washington and Indianapolis.
Against the Washington football team, Josh Allen had four touchdowns en route to a 43-21 victory. Against the Colts, Josh Allen had two passing touchdowns on a day when the Bills were two to two in the red zone. It just wasn’t enough travel. Buffalo is set to cash this time around.
On the other side of the ball, the Bills defense cannot lose sight of Cordarrelle Patterson. In a rediscovery and rebirth of the Atlanta offensive, it has become one of the most dangerous and versatile weapons in the NFL. Whether he’s in the backfield, in the notch or outside, he’s a threat.
Outside of Patterson and rookie tight end Kyle Pitts, however, there’s not much that should scare the Bills. Buffalo is by far the better team. And they should have no problem proving that he stays in the division’s driver’s seat.
Bills 31: Falcons: 13
Season record: 10-5