Atlanta Falcons vs Detroit Lions is the Saturday Night Football game as Christmas Day approaches. The game will see the Falcons look to claim the win they need to secure a playoff bye, and most pundits will not be betting against them doing so against a Lions team that overall has had a very poor season.
The game is scheduled to start at 8.30 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
The Falcons are flying their way into the playoffs, and could make their route even easier with one more win. At 12-2 they are just a game away from guaranteeing themselves a playoff bye, which could be a significant advantage in the postseason as the league's best teams clash against one other in an attempt to make it to the coveted Super Bowl game.
The Lions meanwhile, are a talented bunch, but have had a torrid season and failed to live up to their strengths on paper. Their struggling defense could be in for trouble tonight against one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL.
The Falcons have been in great form all season long, but if last week was anything to go by they are hitting some of their top form as the playoffs approach. They teased and tortured the New York Giants – the defending Super Bowl champs – last week, making a clear statement to the entire league just weeks before the playoffs begin.
Although it could be tempting for the Falcons to take their foot off the gas for the final few games of the season, they will know how dangerous it could be to go off the boil at this point in the season. They would be better storming their way into the playoffs, claiming their playoff bye to give them some rest advantage, and continuing their form by exploding into the postseason calendar.
Some had wondered whether the Falcons had already gone off the boil, when a few weeks back they fell to a shock 20-30 defeat to the poor Carolina Panthers. However, any doubts about the Falcons' credentials were put firmly to bed last week in their 34-0 demolition of the reigning champions.
Following this game against the Lions the Falcons will face one final game against Tampa Bay on Dec. 30, and if they can win out the season they will certainly go into the playoffs as one of the favorites for the Super Bowl.
The Falcons are ranked 7th for both points (26.5 per game on average) and yards (377.4 per game on average). They have one of the best passing offenses in the league; ranking 5th with 287.5 yards per game on average.
However, they do have a significant weakness in rush offense, ranking a shockingly low 28th in the NFL, with a mere 89.9 yards per game on average. Some have wondered whether that weakness could be their undoing when the going gets tough in the playoffs.
Atlanta Falcons vs Detroit Lions is scheduled to start at 8.30 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.