2012 Season NFL Football Past Picks
September 09, 2012
Atlanta at Kansas City
Sunday 09/09 01:00 PM Eastern
2 units on Kansas City PICK () (risk 2 to return 2) RESULT: LOSS
Falcons QB Matt Ryan is a master at home where the Falcons are 14-3 with him taking snaps. But question marks arise on the road, and his playoffs resume is an ugly 0-3. Last year the Falcons did not even score in their playoff game. Atlanta posted a losing road record last season and lost four road games by a combined score of 41-102, so nothing comes easy for this team away from Atlanta. The Chiefs are no longer the doormat they had been for much of this century. They have won 17 games over the last two years, and before this team went into their “down" years, they were the toughest home dog in football. Now that they have turned the corner, they have become that once again, having gone 6-0 ATS in the last two years as a home dog. The Chiefs have a healthy Jamal Charles and Payton Hillis in the backfield now, and should have success running the ball here as they did in 2010. New Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll likes to spread things out, opening the field for Matt Cassell and that could spell trouble for the Falcons who really struggled on natual turf last season (1-3, allowing over 350 yards per game). The Chiefs are 27-12 ATS in their last 39 non-conference home games, and always relish the role of a home dog. It's a new season and KC hopes and energy will be very high. Play on Kansas City.