In sports betting, there are lots of numbers that you see before a game that help provide context for the spread. The total number of points that will be scored, the over/under for baskets made, and the number of turnovers are all examples of numbers that provide insight into the game.
In fantasy football, there is also a number that you see before each week’s game that gives a good idea of how the overall week’s performance will turn out. You’ll often see a number in parenthesis next to this weeks wins / losses number, which means the number of points you’ll need to bet on the game to achieve the desired profit. For example, if you’re a capper and you see -4.5 expected points scored, you might decide to back the under (44) points in order to profit from a set winner.
The point spread and the fantasy football equivalent, the point totals, are usually the most used numbers in sports betting and fantasy football, respectively. However, there is another number that might surprise you and it’s the total number of ATL points the visiting team will get.
The total number of ATL points is an oft-overlooked number in sports betting, especially in bigger games with wider spreads. It’s also a number that fantasy football fans should be aware of, especially since it can vary from game to game, and sometimes within one game, as well. For example, this year’s NFC Championship game had two sets of 4 points, which were added together to create the 16 point total for Atlanta.
The reason why the total number of ATL points is significant is that it gives you an idea of how well the Atlanta Falcons will do, on average, in the game. That’s a lot more information than the usual -3 or 3.5 pointspread that you see before most games. Because of this, in bettors’ circles, the total number of ATL points is generally known as the ‘big number’.
How Does The Total Number Of Points For Atlanta Differ From Game To Game?
One of the things that make the total number of ATL points significant is that it can vary from game to game. In the NFC Championship Game between the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons, the Packers opened as 5.5-point home favorites over the Falcons. However, midway through the first quarter, the over/under for points scored changed to 7.5, which means the Packers opened as 7.5-point favorites and the Falcons as 5.5-point underdogs. Even more confusing is that at the beginning of the third quarter, the over/under was adjusted to 7, which made the Packers 7 points favorites and the Falcons 3 points underdogs. That means the Falcons were actually a better team than the Packers in this specific game.
This phenomenon, where the over/under changes from game to game, makes the total number of ATL points even more significant, because it provides more context for your winnings or losses from game to game. For instance, if you bet $100 on the Packers to win by 7 points and they ended up winning by 3, you would have won $97.50. However, if you had bet $100 on the Falcons to win by 3 points and they did end up winning by 7, you would have lost $97.50.
How Can The Number Of Points For Atlanta Differ Within One Game?
In the NFC Championship Game between the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons, there were numerous times where the over/under changed within one game. For instance, after the Falcons’ opening kickoff, the over/under for the first quarter changed from 7.5 to 9.5, which meant the Packers were now a 9.5-point favorite and the Falcons, a 7.5-point underdog. At the beginning of the second quarter, the over/under was adjusted down to 7, which made the Packers 7 point favorites and the Falcons, 3 point underdogs. During the third quarter, the over/under was further adjusted down to 4, resulting in the Packers being a 4-point favorite and the Falcons a 4-point underdog. You can see how this makes a lot of sense when you consider how the game unfolded (and how much it deviated from the point spread).
As you might expect, there are lots of examples where the over/under was changed multiple times in one game. For instance, with just over a quarter of the game remaining in the third quarter, the over/under was adjusted from 7.5 to 7, 7.5 to 3.5, and finally, 3.5 to 7, which made the Packers 3.5-point favorites and the Falcons, 7-point underdogs. That’s not all, though. Towards the end of the third quarter, the over/under was adjusted back up to 7.5, which made the Packers 7.5-point favorites and the Falcons, 7.5-point underdogs. Then, in the final moments of the game, the over/under was changed one last time to 9, which meant the Packers were now a 9-point favorite and the Falcons a 9-point underdog. All of this points to one thing: the over/under for this NFC Championship game was, in fact, constantly changing. In fact, there were 16 changes, which is more than any other game this year.
So, What Does The Total Number Of Points For Atlanta Mean When Betting?
If you take all of this into consideration, it means that there is more than one significant number that you need to look out for when betting on the Atlanta Falcons. If you want to make the right decision, it might be wise to consider checking all of these numbers and deciding which one has the most significance for your particular situation. Luckily, considering all of this doesn’t require a lot of thought and it can actually be done in a matter of minutes. That’s why, when betting, many sports betting fans and fantasy football fans turn to the point spread, or the over/under, as a guide to choosing the right side of the bet. Using these numbers as a starting point, you can then take a look at situational and internal numbers (aspects of the game that aren’t necessarily reflected in these numbers) and decide which one you think is most significant for your personal situation.