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NFL Week 2 Preview and Free Pick- Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons

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Banged up Falcons Take on Dangerous Panthers

The Atlanta Falcons host the Carolina Panthers in an important NFC South showdown this Sunday. It is a NFL feature matchup in the early games in a 1 p.m. start on FOX.

VietBet opened the Falcons as 4.5-point home favorites with the total set at 44 points. The line is now Atlanta -6, with the total holding steady.

Carolina got off to a winning start both straight-up and against the spread. The Panthers were a three-point home favorite in Sunday’s 16-8 grinder over Dallas. The total stayed UNDER the VietBet closing 41.5-point line.

The Panthers now head on the road with an 8-3 record ATS in their last 11 road games. However, they have lost four of their last five games against the Falcons both SU and ATS.

Cam Newton was efficient with the ball against the Cowboys with 161 yards passing on 17 completions. He also led the offense in rushing with 58 yards and a score on 13 rushing attempts.

Christian McCaffrey got his season off to a good start with 50 yards on the ground on 10 carries. The “Great White Hype” had another 45 yards through the air on six receptions.

A couple of injuries to note: Tight end Greg Olsen is OUT with a broken foot. Linebacker Luke Kuechly listed as questionable for Week 2.

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Injury Bug Has Hit Falcons

The Falcons faced Philadelphia in its season opener last Thursday night. The game was on the road and it closed as a PICK against the spread. They came up just short at the end in an 18-12 loss. It was very reminiscent of last season’s loss to the Eagles in the playoffs.

The total stayed UNDER the VietBet closing 44-point line. Atlanta has now stayed UNDER in their last five games overall. Atlanta is 4-1 both SU and ATS in its last five home games.

Matt Ryan had a number of chances to reverse his team’s fortunes in this second-straight meeting against Philadelphia. In the end, he could not come up with the plays when he needed to the most.

The play-calling in the Red Zone has been suspect since Steve Sarkisian was hired as Offensive Coordinator. Putting all the blame on Matt Ryan is not fair with all the weapons the Falcons have at their disposal.

Julio Jones was kept out the end zone. He did torch the Eagles’ secondary with 10 catches for 169 yards. Atlanta’s running game only managed to gain 74 yards on 18 rushing attempts.

As far as how to bet this game, I would take the Carolina Panthers and the 6-points in what I see as a three-point game either way. These games seem to be close and many times a field goal separates the two teams.

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Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Carolina 1-0 1-0 16.00 8.00 8 1-0 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-0
Atlanta 0-1 0-1 12.00 18.00 -6 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-1
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Name Offense Defense Differential
CAR 18.31 29 -10.69
ATL 24.92 12.89 12.03
Yards Per Pass
Name Offense Defense Differential
CAR 8.59 7.26 1.33
ATL 10.71 5.95 4.76
Yards Per Rush
Name Offense Defense Differential
CAR 4.59 4.27 0.32
ATL 4.11 4.19 -0.08
Team Records

Carolina Panthers

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 16.00 8.00 8.00
vs Conf 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 16.00 8.00 8.00
vs Div 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.00 0.00 0.00
Last 3 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 16.00 8.00 8.00

Atlanta Falcons

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-1 12.00 18.00 -6.00
vs Conf 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-1 12.00 18.00 -6.00
vs Div 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.00 0.00 0.00
Last 3 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-1 12.00 18.00 -6.00

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 16.00 22 18.00 8
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 12.00 25 8.00 3
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense

Head To Head Summary

Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
Carolina 5-5 5-5 2-8 23.60 131.80 4.81 32.30 56.66 198.50 330.30 1.60
Atlanta 5-5 5-5 2-8 19.20 78.90 3.55 38.30 68.67 274.90 353.80 1.60

Head To Head Detail

Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
Dec 31, 2017 CAR ATL 10-22 87 161 248 3 60 311 371 0
Nov 5, 2017 ATL CAR 17-20 53 302 355 1 201 129 330 2
Dec 24, 2016 ATL CAR 33-16 152 256 408 0 119 183 302 2
Oct 2, 2016 CAR ATL 33-48 49 329 378 2 90 481 571 1
Dc 27, 2015 CAR ATL 13-20 155 113 268 1 77 296 373 1
Dec 13, 2015 ATL CAR 0-38 54 176 230 4 142 282 424 0
Dc 28, 2014 CAR ATL 34-3 194 112 306 0 63 225 288 3
Nov 16, 2014 ATL CAR 19-17 86 260 346 1 106 285 391 2
Dec 29, 2013 CAR ATL 21-20 134 149 283 2 76 231 307 1
Nov 3, 2013 ATL CAR 10-34 78 211 289 4 131 242 373 2

NFL Betting Odds & Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Carolina Panthers

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Sep 9, 2018 DAL 16-8 W -3/41.5 W/U 147 146 293 94 138 232 0 H
Jan 7, 2018 NO 26-31 L 6.5/47.5 W/O 107 306 413 41 369 410 -1 A
Dc 31, 2017 ATL 10-22 L 5/44.5 L/U 87 161 248 60 311 371 3 A
Dec 24, 2017 TB 22-19 W -10/46.5 L/U 115 140 255 66 326 392 -2 H
Dec 17, 2017 GB 31-24 W -2.5/46.5 W/O 151 236 387 120 264 384 -4 H

Atlanta Falcons

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Sep 6, 2018 PHI 12-18 L -0/44 L/U 74 225 299 113 119 232 -1 A
Jan 13, 2018 PHI 10-15 L -2.5/40.5 L/U 86 195 281 96 238 334 -2 A
Jan 6, 2018 LAR 26-13 W 6/48 W/U 124 198 322 115 246 361 -2 A
Dec 31, 2017 CAR 22-10 W -5/44.5 W/U 60 311 371 87 161 248 -3 H
Dec 24, 2017 NO 13-23 L 5/51 L/U 67 264 331 86 229 315 1 A

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