|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFLThis Sunday afternoon, the Carolina Panthers square off against the Falcons in Atlanta. The first kick of the ball is scheduled for 1:00 PM ET in the Georgia Dome, and all of the action will be televised regionally on FOX.
The Panthers come into this game off of a Thursday night loss at home to the New York Giants, 36-7. In that one, Carolina suffered from a 405-327 deficit in offensive yards, including a 125-60 deficit in rushing yards. They also committed 5 turnovers, which included losing 2 fumbles and throwing 3 interceptions. The Giants held a 13 minute edge in possession of the ball. Panthers QB Cam Newton had a forgettable game, throwing 16-of-30, for 242 yards, while TE Greg Olsen carried the ball for 98 yards on 7 catches.
The Falcons come into this game after winning on the road in San Diego over the Chargers, 27-3. QB Matt Ryan had a great game, throwing an efficient 30-of-40, for 275 yards, and 3 touchdowns. Ryan is now at 8 TDs and 1 INT on the season. TE Tony Gonzalez also contributed, running for 91 yards on 9 catches for a touchdown of his own. Atlanta enjoyed a 384-280 edge in offensive yards, and forced 4 Chargers turnovers, including 2 interceptions. In fact, the Falcons now lead the NFL with a +10 edge in turnovers.
In Falcons games, the favorite has covered 9 of the last 11 times. The Falcons are 3-0 ATS on the year so far, and 1-0 ATS as the home favorite. The underdog has covered in all 3 of the Panthers' games this season. However, Carolina is 8-1 ATS after allowing more than 34 points in the previous game. They are 1-2 ATS overall, and 0-1 ATS on the road.
These two teams have met 22 times since 2001, with Atlanta leading the series 15-7. Their last meeting took place in December 2011, with the Falcons winning 31-23. In that one, the Falcons were a 2 point favorite. In an October 2011 matchup, the Falcons won 31-17, after being favored by 4. In fact, the Falcons have scored exactly 31 points in each of the last 4 meetings between these teams, winning and covering each time.
For Sunday afternoon's game, Bet Royal Sportsbook lists the Falcons as 7 point home favorites. The over/under is set at 48 ½ points.
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