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Seahawks-Falcons: Top 4 Prop Bets

National sportswriter Mike Tierney unveils his three best prop bets for Saturday's divisional playoff matching the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons.
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The total for Seahawks versus Falcons exceeds 51. The number hints at some offensive fireworks, given Atlanta's explosiveness -- especially in the Georgia Dome -- and Seattle's improving offense.

Two of my prop plays count on a modest scoring start by the offense. The third reflects high expectations for one of the quarterbacks.

First score not a touchdown (+165), BetOnline.ag

While the Falcons have nearly twice as many touchdowns (63) as field goals (34), the Seahawks were nearly even in the regular season. Their TD count exceeded the three-point total by only four (37-33). They are not hesitant to send out Steven Hauschka. Plus, the teams' high sack count puts the possibility of a safety in play.

Total completions for Russell Wilson, Over 23 (-110), Westgate SuperBook

Wilson's average is right on 23. The Falcons yield 26.4 receptions per game and their secondary is weakened by injury. Seattle does not figure to be way ahead, so there should be no clock-killing runs by the visitors. The game is indoors, which removes inclement weather as a factor. And don't forget the lofty expected point total.

Touchdown passes by Matt Ryan, Over 2 (-165), Westgate SuperBook

Steep odds, to be sure, but well worth it. Ryan has thrown for three or more in seven games and zero or one in four. He eviscerated the Seahawks in the regular season with 335 yards and three TDs when Seattle had FS Earl Thomas patrolling the secondary.

(The lasting image was of CB Richard Sherman throwing a hissy fit on the sideline.) Thomas is out this time. The Falcons are in their beloved Georgia Dome, perhaps for the last time. It could be TDs galore for Ryan.

Time of first score, Over 6 minutes (+100), BetOnline.ag

Post-season games tend to open with a feeling-out period in which offenses operate cautiously. If neither team scores on its first possession, a distinct possibility, this wager cashes in. Even if the team kicking off strikes on its initial drive, the touchdown or field goal could happen after six minutes expire.

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