ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 14: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons talking to Devin Hester #17 of the Seattle Seahawks after the game at the Georgia Dome on January 14, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

I didn’t anticipate the way that one Vegas pro would polarize the audience. “Vegas Dave” Oancea definitely has his detractors out there, as witnessed by the vitriol on my Twitter timeline. All I can tell you is just about everything he said ahead of the Falcons beating the Seahawks, 36-20, was spot on.

Those detractors may have plenty of solid reason to question Oancea’s handicapping chops. Many of them were handicappers themselves, so they certainly have their own agendas. All I know is what I heard from Oancea when I interviewed him last time was excellent against-the-grain analysis. Many of the so-called “experts” woke up on the Falcons after last weekend and have been gushing their praises all week.

Instead of being scared off by a little trolling, I wanted to hear what “Vegas Dave” had to say about the specific Packers-Falcons matchup. And not shockingly, with so much to gain from a Falcons win, he is all in on the Dirty Birds.

You were one of the few folks I actually saw solidly articulate the Falcons’ chances ahead of their playoff win. Where are you at with the Falcons now?

Come this Sunday we will see if my pockets are $2 million deeper as I have the Atlanta Falcons to win the NFC (Plus another $3 million if they win Super Bowl 51).

You could cash out of this bet at this point, hedge it, correct?

Now, I could easily hedge this bet and take a guaranteed $1 million which most people would do right? Especially facing the red hot Aaron Rodgers and the “running of the table” Green Bay Packers. Only a fool would pass on the guaranteed $1 million most would say right? Nope, not Vegas Dave; I am letting it ride. Some call this greed, but I don’t. I look at it as a way to not leave another $1 million on the table. Call me crazy, but I’m known for making some long shot bold predictions and sticking to my guns on them. Mark my words, the Atlanta Falcons will beat the Green Bay Packers come Jan. 22 at the Georgia Dome.