Panthers Vs Falcons Line & PickNoah Williams
A battle for early season NFC South supremacy is brewing in Georgia this week with the Carolina Panthers facing the division leading Atlanta Falcons. The Week 5 NFL odds favor the defending NFC champs by a field-goal to beat the Falcons. The game kicks-off on FOX this Sunday, October 2 at 1:00 PM ET, from the Georgia Dome, in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Carolina Panthers Vs Atlanta Falcons Line & Pick
The Carolina Panthers are hoping to bounce a shaky 1-2 start by snagging their first road win of the season. At the same time the Atlanta Falcons are trying to build on their surprising 2-1 start by picking up their first home win of the season.
What: Carolina Panthers (1-2) at Atlanta Falcons (2-1)
When: Sunday, October 2, 2016
Start Time: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Atlanta, GA
Stadium: Georgia Dome
Spread: Panthers -3
Moneyline: Carolina -160 vs Atlanta +140
Game Total: 50.5
Watch: FOX Sports
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Carolina vs Atlanta
Why Bet The Carolina Panthers To Beat The Falcons Odds
The Panthers dropped one game last season. This season they have already doubled that after three games. Last week’s unexpected 22-10 defeat at at the hands of the Vikings in Charlotte dropped the Panthers to 1-2 SU and ATS. They average 25.3 points per game (12th) and 23.3 allow points (18th).
Carolina averages 243.3 passing yards per game (19th). QB Newton has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last eight games. Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin have combined for 458 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Ted Ginn Jr. has six receptions.
The Carolina Panthers ground game is averaging 146 yards per contest, and Fozzy Whittaker leads the way with 135 yards on 24 carries with starting rusher Jonathan Stewart sidelined.
The Panthers defense is ranked 3rd in total defense. Carolina allows 189.0 passing yards (6th) and 90.3 rushing yards (11th) per game. They have sacked quarterbacks six times this season (15th). Luke Kuechly leads the Panthers with 34 tackles, Thomas Davis has one sack and James Bradberry has one interception.
Why Bet The Atlanta Falcons To Beat The Panthers Odds
The Atlanta Falcons improved to 2-1 SU and ATS. Last week, they beat the Saints in New Orleans by a 45-32 score. Atlanta averages 34.7 points per game (1st) and allows 30.3 points every week (28th).
The Falcons average 312.0 passing yards per game (4th). QB Matt Ryan (970 yards, 7 TDs & 1 INT) completed 20 of 30 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns against the weak Saints defense.
Despite the success of the offense, WR Julio Jones (10 rec, 188 yards, 2 TDs) hasn’t lived up to his top-billing. Jones caught just one pass for 16 yards against New Orleans. Jones and rusher Tevin Coleman have combined for 355 receiving yards and two touchdowns while TE Jacob Tamme has 14 receptions.
Atlanta’s offense hinges on their dynamic rushing duo that averages 136.3 rushing yards per game (5th). RB Devonta Freeman (42 car, 265 yards, 0 TD) is showing why he was last season’s breakout player of the year. Freeman gained 207 purpose yards against New Orleans and one touchdown.
Atlanta’s defense is the 30th in total D. The Falcons allow 313.0 passing yards per game (29th) and 120.0 rushing yards (22nd). They have recorded three sacks this season (28th). Kemal Ishmael leads the Falcons with 27 tackles, Desmond Trufant has one sack and Robert Alford has three pass deflections.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup
- Carolina is 18-4 SU in its last 22 games
- Carolina is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
- Carolina is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games on the road
- Carolina is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Atlanta
- Carolina is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Atlanta
- Atlanta is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games
- Atlanta is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
This is the shot that the Falcons need to take a strangle hold on the NFC, but i would take the points to be safe.
My final score prediction is Carolina 28, Atlanta 28.