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Atlanta Falcons vs Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Predictions 2010, NFL picks & Betting Odds

atlanta-falcons-cheerleaderAtlanta Falcons vs Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Predictions 2010, NFL picks & Betting Odds: An attractive non-conference NFL predictions contest for week 1 is on the schedule for today's NFL regular season kickoff as the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Atlanta Falcons. The current las Vegas odds have placed the Falcons as 2.5-point NFL predictions favorite on the road. The Falcons have done well against the spread (ATS), with a 5-3 away NFL picks record in 2009. The Steelers, in 2009, on the other hand, were not a home underdog for a single NFL predictions contest. The teams last faced off in a NFL picks contest in Atlanta in 2006, with the Falcons winning 41-38 in OT.

The Pittsburgh Steelers start-off the NFL picks season with a huge question mark behind center as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger serves a 4-game suspension to start the NFL betting season. Head coach Mike Tomlin has named third-year pro Dennis Dixon as his starter on the heels of an injury to Byron Leftwich and as a reward on his strong play in the NFL picks preseason. Dixon is an exciting but untested talent. He could excel or implode, and that could be a reason why the Steelers are underdogs in this week 1 NFL picks contest. Dixon has wide receiver Hines Ward and tight end Heath Miller as safety nets on offense as well as emerging running back Rashard Mendenall and exciting receiver Mike Wallace. The Steelers are determined to run first and look for the pass second but the Falcons had difficulty against the pass in 2009 so offensive coordinator Bruce Airans could be tempted to dial-up more passes in today's opening 2010 NFL picks match-up. Dixon has athletic and fast so he’ll have his share of bootlegs and roll-outs.

Defensively in today's week 1 NFL predictions contest, the Falcons struggled in 2009 and went-out and obtained cornerback Dunta Robinson to upgrade the pass defense for today's NFL picks battle. Robinson will most likely lock-up on Wallace and could take away half the field for Dixon, or look for the pick-6. The Falcons provided opposing quarterbacks little pressure in 2009 and would like to see players such as defensive ends Jamaal Anderson and John Abraham pick-up the pace. MLB Curtis Lofton will see lots of action against the Steelers and the Falcons safeties will need to be aware of Miller in the red zone.

If Dixon can avoid first-game jitters, the Steelers should have NFL predictions success against the Falcons with a basic game plan, though the Steelers brass has suggested the entire play book is open for today's week 1 NFL picks match-up. Atlanta needs to stop the run, first and foremost, and allow Dixon to make rookie mistakes. A road NFL picks favorite coming into Heinz Field is a rarity and the Steelers have a way of winning these types of NFL predictions match-ups outright.

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