The Atlanta Falcons have won five straight games and one of those Ws came courtesy of a six-point win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, their Week 13 opponent. Do the experts still like the Falcons when they are away from the Dome? We bring together opinions from around the interwebs to decide.
|ESPN Consensus||Falcons||A unanimous decision was too much to ask of ESPN so we're left with nine of 10 experts picking the Falcons to win their 10th game of the season. Adam Schefter was the lone dissenter.|
|Yahoo Sports Consensus||Falcons||Michael Silver picks against the Falcons again but otherwise the Falcons are consensus with three of the four votes filed for Atlanta.|
|CBS Sports Consensus||Falcons||Another week, another four experts like the Falcons. As with Schefter though, there's also one who is a contrarian. This week's outlier is Clark Judge.|
|Fanhouse||Buccaneers||Dave Goldberg: After beating Green Bay last week (and they were a little lucky to do it), the Falcons are this week's Super Bowl favorite. The Bucs might be a little young to take them down a peg but ...Buccaneers 17, Falcons 16.|
|What If Sports||Falcons||The Falcons won 56 percent of the computer simulations and the bizarre, never-happen-in-real-life score projection says the Falcons win, 22-21. A large number of their projections pick teams to finish with 22 points.|
|Sports Illustrated||Falcons||Peter King: I like Tampa's chances to break the can't-beat-a-team-with-a-winning-record schneid, and this one comes down to which team makes a couple of big plays late. I like Thomas DeCoud and Curtis Lofton to come up big down the stretch for the Birds. Falcons 16, Bucs 13.|
|USA Today||Falcons||Finally, a panel of experts who can appreciate uniformity. The Falcons garner all eight votes of approval.|
|Sporting News||Falcons||Todd Wright is delayed with his choice but even without it, the Falcons are the consesus, 5-1.|
Another landslide for the Falcons with over 79 percent of the experts thinking the Falcons will be the first team to 10 wins this season (the Patriots and Jets play on Monday Night). I haven't taken the Bucs seriously all season and even though the Falcons won by only six four weeks ago, I'm still not worried. I like the Bucs to finish 10-6 (as I predicted) and the Falcons to finish 13-3 (as I predicted) and since I'm all about predictions, I like the Falcons to win this week, 20-17.