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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

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Yards Per Pass
Yards Per Rush
Team Records

Carolina Panthers

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf1-01-00-01-01-00-
vs Div0-00-00-00-00-00-
Last 31-01-00-01-01-00-

Atlanta Falcons

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf0-10-00-10-10-00-112.0018.00-6.00
vs Div0-00-00-00-00-00-
Last 30-10-00-10-10-00-112.0018.00-6.00


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense16.002218.008
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 Defense12.00258.003
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense

Head To Head Summary


Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Dec 31, 2017CARATL10-22871612483603113710
Nov 5, 2017ATLCAR17-205330235512011293302
Dec 24, 2016ATLCAR33-1615225640801191833022
Oct 2, 2016CARATL33-48493293782904815711
Dc 27, 2015CARATL13-201551132681772963731
Dec 13, 2015ATLCAR0-385417623041422824240
Dc 28, 2014CARATL34-31941123060632252883
Nov 16, 2014ATLCAR19-178626034611062853912
Dec 29, 2013CARATL21-201341492832762313071
Nov 3, 2013ATLCAR10-347821128941312423732

NFL Betting Odds & Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Carolina Panthers

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Sep 9, 2018DAL16-8W-3/41.5W/U147146293941382320H
Jan 7, 2018NO26-31L6.5/47.5W/O10730641341369410-1A
Dc 31, 2017ATL10-22L5/44.5L/U87161248603113713A
Dec 24, 2017TB22-19W-10/46.5L/U11514025566326392-2H
Dec 17, 2017GB31-24W-2.5/46.5W/O151236387120264384-4H

Atlanta Falcons

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Sep 6, 2018PHI12-18L-0/44L/U74225299113119232-1A
Jan 13, 2018PHI10-15L-2.5/40.5L/U8619528196238334-2A
Jan 6, 2018LAR26-13W6/48W/U124198322115246361-2A
Dec 31, 2017CAR22-10W-5/44.5W/U6031137187161248-3H
Dec 24, 2017NO13-23L5/51L/U67264331862293151A

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