NFL Week 14 Preview Pick: Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers
The 6-6 Atlanta Falcons will try and stop the 12-0 Carolina Panthers current winning streak this Sunday, while at the same time putting the brakes on their current five-game losing streak. BetAnySports has listed the Panthers as 8.5-point home favorites in this NFC South Division tilt and the betting odds for the total have been set at 46.
Atlanta's perfect 5-0 straight-up start with a 4-1 record against the spread has quickly become a faded memory following five SU losses including a 23-19 setback against Tampa Bay this past Sunday as a one-point road underdog. The Falcons have now failed to cover against the spread in their last eight games and the total has stayed UNDER in their last six outings.
It could be hard to turn things around with an offense that has only scored more than 20 points in one of its last five games and that was in a 24-21 loss to Indianapolis. This past Sunday against the Buccaneers, Atlanta could only manage 333 yards of total offense including just 64 yards on the ground. The only thing keeping the Falcons in the game during this slide has been a defense that is holding teams to 21.4 points a game.
At the other end of the spectrum in the NFC South are the high-flying Panthers, who are coming off a wild 41-38 last minute win against New Orleans as 5.5-point road favorites on BetAnySports' closing betting line. Despite failing to cover in that game, they are still a very profitable 9-3 ATS on the year. The total went OVER the closing 50.5-point line against New Orleans and it has now gone OVER in five of their last six games.
Carolina's offense led by MVP candidate Cam Newton continues to fire on all cylinders heading into the stretch run of the NFL regular season. He passed for 331 yards and five touchdowns in this past Sunday's win and on the season he has thrown for 2,797 yards and 25 scores while adding another 476 yards and seven touchdowns with his legs. The Panthers' defense was a bit loose in Sunday's win, but on the year it is still ranked third in the league in total yards allowed (313.3).
Giving up this many points in any division matchup carries some additional risk, but while Carolina continues to show why itâ€™s the best team in the NFC right now, the Falcons are simply showing that the fast start was just a fluke. Lay the 8.5-points on BetAnySports' NFL betting board with a play on Carolina in this matchup.
Current BAS Line: Panthers -7.5 and the total is 45