[1:00 PM] Panthers @ Falcons

Who will WIN this matchup?

Carolina Panthers (1-2)

@ Atlanta Falcons (2-1)


Current odds:

Carolina Panthers: (-145)

Atlanta Falcons: (+125)


ESPN simulations have Atlanta as XX% favorites to win the game.

XX% of sports bets are currently on Carolina to win as (XX) favorites.

The line for this game is Panthers by 3.

The concerns are mounting for the Carolina Panthers, who need a road win Sunday over the Atlanta Falcons to avoid slipping into a two-game hole in the NFC South. The Falcons look to remain atop the division and continue the defending NFC champions’ disappointing start with a third straight victory.

The turnovers are the clear concern for Carolina, as Cam Newton has thrown as many interceptions – five – as touchdown passes. The Panthers still are moving the ball on the ground, even with Fozzy Whittaker and Cameron Artis-Payne filling in for Jonathan Stewart (hamstring), and facing a porous Atlanta secondary could help Newton and the passing game get going. The defense has been solid, ranking third in the league in total defense, but too often has been put in difficult situations due to turnovers.

Atlanta’s offense is firing on all cylinders, as Ryan has passed for 970 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception while Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are a formidable backfield duo. Freeman had a career-high 207 yards from scrimmage last week (152 rushing, 55 receiving) and Coleman punched in three touchdowns. There is plenty of cause for concern on the other side of the ball, though, as the Falcons rank 30th in total defense and 28th in scoring defense and have been especially susceptible against the pass.

Ryan has passed for at least 300 yards in four straight games against Carolina.

Carolina DT Kawann Short has notched four sacks and two forced fumbles in his last two games against the Falcons and five sacks in his last four contests versus NFC South foes.

Atlanta TE Jacob Tamme has recorded at least four receptions in four of his last five games and leads the team with 14 grabs this season.


StreakSmarts Pick: Atlanta Falcons

Confidence: 4/10

StreakSmarter Pick