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Atlanta Falcons vs Carolina Panthers Pick & Prediction, Sun Dec 12 01:00 PM

NFL | FOOTBALL
TV: FOX
Logo Atlanta Falcons
VS
Logo Carolina Panthers
48.5
OPENNER
-1.5

44.5o -110
CURRENT
-2.5 -115

+118
MONEYLINE
-138

29
SCORE
21

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As the NFL season comes to a close in the next few weeks, divisional games are wrapping up. This game between the Falcons and Panthers will be the last of the season.

The first game went to the Carolina Panthers, but the Falcons have improved since then. They have a dynamic offense, and most of that is courtesy of Cordarralle Patterson.

The Carolina Panthers have regressed since their win over the Falcons a few weeks ago. They’ve lost two straight games (Washington, Miami) and are in a tie for the No.2 spot in the division.

Only one of these teams can climb up higher in the division and grab the second spot. Whether it’ll be the Falcons or the Panthers is what we hope to determine right now.

Falcons vs. Panthers Odds for Week 14

TV: FOX

MONEY LINE: Falcons (+126) vs. Panthers (-146)

SPREAD: Falcons +3 (-118) vs. Panthers -3 (-102)

GAME TOTAL: Over 42.5 (-110) vs. Under 42.5 (-110)

Falcons vs. Panthers Preview, Stats and Trends

The Atlanta Falcons might be an underdog here, but don’t count them out too quickly. They kept up with the Buccaneers not long ago, and their offense just keeps getting better.

They’ll have to focus on getting the ball over to Cordarralle Patterson, though, if they hope to win. Patterson has been the catalyst to their offensive ability and can lead them to a victory.

We’d really like to see them tighten up on defense; they allow the second-most points per game (27.7). If they want to grab that number two spot in the NFC South, they need to be better on defense. If they don’t, they’ll find themselves at the mercy of the Carolina Panthers offense, led by Cam Newton.

It might be time for the Panthers to start looking for a new starting running back. Christian McCaffrey is a great player when he’s healthy, but that isn’t often.

He’s out for the season again with an ankle injury, and it leaves the Panthers at another disadvantage. The only good thing is Cam Newton can create a lot of offense just by using his legs.

He’ll also get some help from the Panther defense, a group that allows just 21.1 points per game. If they can stop the attack of Matt Ryan and Cordarralle Patterson, the Panthers are in good shape.

Still, we’d really like to see the Panthers put together a strong offensive game. They can do this by attacking the Falcons secondary on Sunday.

Falcons at Panthers Best Bets

Falcons 24 - Panthers 28

After taking a look at each of these teams, we’ll go with the Panthers to win this game. Luckily, the spread isn’t very large either, just three points. Since they won’t have to cover a large spread, we’ll also take the Panthers -3 in this one.

Carolina has a better defense and a more dynamic quarterback. Their defense should be able to deal with Patterson and Ryan, who has been trouble lately. The Panthers are also playing at home, so they’ll have a slight advantage there.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Atlanta Falcons are 2-4 ATS in their last six games.

2. The Atlanta Falcons allow on average 247.83 passing yards per game.

3. The Atlanta Falcons have the 31st defense in the NFL, in points allowed per game.

Best Bet: Carolina Panthers -3

PREDICTION
Atlanta Falcons
20
22
Carolina Panthers

Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers Recap DEC 12TH 2021

Mykal Walker returned an interception 66 yards for a touchdown and the Atlanta Falcons went on to post a 29-21 win over the host Carolina Panthers on Sunday in Charlotte, N.C.

Matt Ryan completed 19 of 28 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown for the Falcons (6-7), who avenged a 19-13 loss to Carolina on Oct. 31.

Cam Newton completed 15 of 28 passes for 178 yards, however he also had two turnovers (one interception, one fumble). Backup quarterback P.J. Walker threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Robby Anderson with 3:11 to play, but Carolina did not get the ball back.

The Panthers (5-8) have lost three games in a row.

Carolina rookie Chuba Hubbard scored on a 17-yard run on the first possession of the second half. Newton ran for 16 yards and threw for 28 yards on the 60-yard drive.

Younghoe Koo's 38-yard field goal pushed Atlanta's edge to 20-14. That drive appeared derailed when Jeremy Chinn picked off a Ryan pass, but a roughing-the-passing penalty allowed the Falcons to keep possession.

Newton's fumble set up the Falcons for their next score. That came in the opening minute of the fourth quarter on a 3-yard pass from Ryan to tight end Hayden Hurst, though a failed two-point conversion play left the score at 26-14.

Newton was sacked on fourth down on Carolina's next possession. So even though the Falcons only picked up 18 yards on the ensuing possession, they ended up with Koo's 48-yard field goal.

Walker came through with a big play in the first half, breaking a 7-7 tie by stepping in front of Newton's pass and racing to the end zone midway through the second quarter.

Newton opened the scoring on a 12-yard run to cap the team's first possession. That was a bright spot for the Panthers, who fired offensive coordinator Joe Brady and made Jeff Nixon the new play caller during their bye week.

Cordarrelle Patterson countered for the Falcons later in the first quarter with a 3-yard scoring run. Patterson became the first player in Falcons franchise history with five receiving and rushing touchdowns in the same season.

The margin was 17-7 at halftime with Koo's 32-yard field goal.

--Field Level Media

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