Atlanta Vs Carolina Odds & Final Score PreditionNoah Williams
The Atlanta Falcons need to close the season strong to secure the NFC South crown. This week they face division rival Carolina Panthers. The Week 16 NFL odds favor the Falcons by 2.5-points. Kick-off is this Saturday, December 24th at 1:00 PM ET on FOX from the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Atlanta Falcons Vs Carolina Panthers Odds & Final Score Predition
What: Atlanta Falcons (9-5) at Carolina Panthers (6-8)
When: Saturday, December 24, 2016
Start Time: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Charlotte, NC
Stadium: Bank of America Stadium
Spread: Falcons -2.5
Moneyline: Atlanta -135 vs Carolina +115
Game Total: 52
Watch: FOX Sports
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Atlanta vs Carolina
Why Bet The Atlanta Falcons To Beat The Panthers
The Atlanta Falcons have won three of their last four games, including a 41-13 beat down of the San Francisco 49ers last week. They are 9-5 SU and ATS this season. They average 33.5 points per game (1st) and allow 25.6 points per game (26th).
The Falcons average 296.1 passing yards per game (3rd). QB Matt Ryan (4336 yards, 32 TDs & 7 INTS) was selected to the Pro Bowl for the fourth time in his career. He has thrown five touchdowns with zero picks in the last two wins. WR Julio Jones (72 rec, 1253 yards. 5 TDs) has missed the last two games with a toe injury, and yet he still leads the NFL in receiving yards. WR Mohamed Sanu (52 rec, 565 yards, 3 TDs) and Taylor Gabriel (32 rec, 564 yards, 6 TDs) have been carrying the load since for the past two weeks. Atlanta averages 116.7 rushing yards per game (8th). Last week Devonta Freeman (202 car, 930 yards 10 TDs) ran for 139 yards and three touchdowns.
“We’ve done some pretty good things,” Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan said. “I think we’re good enough to win every week. … We’ve got good, competitive players. We’ve got guys who aren’t scared of the moment.”
Atlanta has the 25th-ranked total defense in the NFL. They allow 267.0 passing yards per game (30th) and 101.5 rushing yards per game (15th). The Falcons have recorded 30 sacks this season (17th). Rookie Keanu Neal leads the team with 98 tackles, and Vic Beasley Jr. leads the NFL with 14.5 sacks.
Why Bet The Carolina Panthers To Beat The Falcons
The Carolina Panthers are all but out of the playoff race. They are 6-8 SU and 5-7-2 ATS after beating Washington 26-15 on Monday Night Football. They average 24.1 points per game (14th) and allow 25.1 points per game (25th).
"Without a doubt, that’s all a part of it," Panthers head coach Ron River said. “Really, defending your turf. There’s attitudes to set as we go forward, and that’s why you play. We’re not just going to show up and say, ‘OK.’ No, we’re going to show up and we’re going to play hard."
The Panthers average 235.4 passing yards per game (19th). QB Cam Newton (3074 yards, 17 TDs & 9 INTs) completed 21 of 37 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns against Washington. It was his best game in a long time. TE Greg Olsen (71 rec, 992 yards, 3 TDs) is eight yards shy from his third consecutive 1000-yard season. Carolina averages 111.9 rushing yards per game (10th). RB Jonathan Stewart (187 car, 709 yards, 8 TDs) had his best game of the season against Washington with 132 yards on 25 carries.
Carolina has the 22nd-ranked total defense in the NFL. The Panthers allow 275.0 passing yards per game (32nd) and 85.8 rushing yards per game (3rd). They have recorded 40 sacks this season; they are tied with Denver as the league’s best. Luke Kuechly leads the team with 102 tackles, and Mario Addison has 7.5 sacks.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Atlanta is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games
- Atlanta is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
- Atlanta is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
- Atlanta is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
- Carolina is 4-6-2 ATS in its last 12 games
- Carolina is 9-3-1 ATS in its last 13 games at home
- Carolina is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
- Carolina is 17-3 SU in its last 20 games at home
Expert ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction
Trusting Atlanta in high-scoring games this season has worked out well for bettors. Against the Panthers’ secondary, the Falcons are once again the pick as Las Vegas expects a ton of points.
My final score prediction is Atlanta 35, Carolina 30.