Early this week, when we looked at the odds for tonight's Packers-Falcons tilt, it seemed that the Falcons were favored by anywhere from 1 to 2.5 points at home in the Georgia Dome. That's changed, and the NFL playoff game already predicted to be the closest of this divisional round looks even closer now.
Check the current odds for Packers vs. Falcons in Atlanta, and it's hard to find the Falcons favored by more than a single point. Could this be a case of Las Vegas liking Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' resurgent running game enough to make the spread more or less irrelevant for tonight's NFC divisional round? Possibly.
But it's also worth noting that Vegas doesn't think this is going to be a shootout. The over-under for Packers-Falcons is in the low 40s — 44.5 according to Bodog — meaning that a hypothetical great game that ends at 24-21 would reward over bettors.
Then again, when the two teams met in the regular season, the Falcons won by 3, 20-17. That wouldn't hit the over, but, then again, the Packers didn't have James Starks then.