The Carolina Panthers (5-7) host the Atlanta Falcons (5-7) for an NFC South battle at Bank of America Stadium for week 14 of NFL action. The Panthers dropped their last matchup 33-10 in Miami but used a bye week to regroup and gain an extra week of rest. Meanwhile, the Falcons played the Buccaneers tough in the first half, but ultimately fell 30-17 in week 13.
The Buccaneers have run away with the NFC South going up four games, but with the expanded playoffs, the Panthers and Falcons are both fighting for one of those wild card spots. Let’s dive into this matchup and see how these two teams stack up against each other so you can bet against their NFL odds.
NFL Betting Preview for Atlanta Falcons at Carolina
Atlanta Falcons Betting Preview: Cordarrelle Patterson Hits 1,000 All Purpose
As mentioned above, the Falcons came to play in the first half against the Buccaneers trailing by just three points at half. Unfortunately, the offensive line was atrocious, conceding five sacks and ten QB hits en route to a scoreless second half.
After struggling his last three outings and throwing five interceptions, Matt Ryan rebounded throwing for almost 300 hundred yards and completing 73.2% of his passes. Cordarrelle Patterson has been the bright spot of this offense and he continues to grow as a running back, averaging over six yards a carry in his last three games and hitting 1,000 all-purpose yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Atlanta has struggled in 2021 ranking 31st overall in total defense, while allowing a whopping 27.7 points to opponents. Last time out, the Falcons were shredded by Tom Brady, allowing four passing touchdowns and 30 points. Be that as it may, the defense held their own in the first half against the Buccaneers including grabbing a pick-six from Tom Brady.
Carolina Panthers Betting Preview: Christian McCaffrey Hits Injured Reserve
The Panthers dropped their second consecutive game when they fell to the Dolphins in Miami 33-10. It was a miserable showing for the offense, with Cam Newton completing an embarrassing 23.8% of his passes for 92 yards. In addition to being blown out, the offense mustered just ten points and their best offensive weapon, Christian McCaffrey hit the IR for the second time this season.
Defensively, for the second consecutive week, Carolina’s normally stout defense failed to show up, getting gashed for 60 points. Against Miami, the Dolphins were able to post 33 points, letting Tua Tagovailoa pick apart the defense, completing 84% of his passes. Overall, Carolina’s defense still ranks second in total defense in the NFL, while holding opponents to a league-best 176.7 passing yards allowed per game.
Betting Odds and Lines
Early betting odds on MyBookie have Carolina at -2.5 as the home favorite, while the point total is at 42.5.
Free Betting Pick
The Falcons are primed to win this matchup after playing much better against the Buccaneers in their last game. The Falcons are the much better offensive team, and the Panthers will be at a disadvantage with Christian McCaffrey hitting the injured list. In addition, the Panthers are 2-4 ATS after a loss and at home, while the Falcons 4-2 ATS after a loss and as the away team this season. Take the Falcons
Free Pick: Falcons +2.5