In a key NFC South matchup, the Falcons host the Panthers. Atlanta is shockingly tied for first place in the division, while Carolina is one game behind with a 2-5 record.
Both teams could win the division, but after the Christian McCaffrey trade and Baker Mayfield‘s fall from the starting QB job, the Panthers are rebuilding.
I take all of this into account for my Carolina vs Atlanta predictions.
Panthers vs Falcons Odds
The Falcons opened as 6.5-point favorites, but the line has since dropped to -4.5. Rather than being expected to win by a touchdown, the odds suggest that Atlanta should win by between a touchdown and a field goal in a game with a moderate amount of scoring.
Panthers vs Falcons Implied Totals
Falcons 23.5, Panthers 19
The bookmakers believe each team should score about three touchdowns, with the Falcons having an edge at home against the Panthers.
Panthers vs Falcons Pick of the Day
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Panthers vs Falcons Prediction
Panthers 20, Falcons 17
Who is going to be the quarterback for the Panthers going forward: PJ Walker, Sam Darnold, or Baker Mayfield?
As a former number one draft pick, Mayfield was in a pre-season battle with Sam Darnold, who is also a former first-round draft pick for the starting quarterback job. Then Darnold got injured, and Mayfield won the job.
After winning the job, Mayfield’s performance was atrocious. So once Mayfield got injured, the Panthers turned to their third-string quarterback PJ Walker. In relief of Mayfield and Darnold, Walker wasn’t that much of an improvement, but he did have a big game against Tampa last weekend.
It is rumored that Darnold and Mayfield are healthy, but it appears that the Panthers are going with Walker based on his stronger performance this season.
The Falcons have been one of the bigger surprises in the NFL this season, but they are still a bottom-tier team. Marcus Mariota has been one of the better quarterbacks in the league, but his performance should regress to the mean.
I am not sure who is going to win this weekend, but I believe we should see a low-scoring game.
Panthers vs Falcons Bet Tips
Here are some Panthers vs Falcons betting trends to consider before placing your bets:
- Falcons are 6-1 against the spread, despite a 3-4 outright record.
- Panthers have a 2-5 record and a 2-5 ATS record.
- Bettors and books are waiting for more clarity on the Panthers’ starting QB situation.
Panthers vs Falcons Best Bets
Under 42.5 Total Points (-114) at FanDuel Sportsbook
With the Panthers having an unclear quarterback situation between three mediocre quarterbacks, the Under is the easy choice for me. Last week Carolina held Tom Brady and the Buccaneers to only 3 points.
In what should be a snoozer as a game, I like Under 42.5 points to be scored, and I would take the under up to 41 points.
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Falcons: Under 23.5 Points (-114) at FanDuel Sportsbook
Even when you consider Carolina’s weak performance this season, they have been strong defensively. Not only did they hold the Bucs to only three points, but they held the Rams to 24, Cardinals to 26, Saints to 14, and Giants to 19.
The Falcons should have a hard time scoring 24 or more points this weekend, which is why I like them to go Under their team total of 23.5 points.
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