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Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons Pick & Prediction OCT 11TH 2020

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The Carolina Panthers figured out a few things during the course of the first month of the season. The Atlanta Falcons, however, are in desperate need for some rewarding results before it's too late.

The NFC South rivals are set to meet Sunday afternoon in Atlanta.

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"I think what's happening is we're learning more about each other each week," Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said. "Each week you go out there to play, each week you go out there to practice, each week you come in here and you compete and different things, you learn more about the guy you're playing with."

It turns out that the Panthers (2-2) are learning how to win again. After dropping the first two games of the season, extending the franchise's losing streak to 10 games, the Panthers have strung together two solid performances that have them gaining confidence.

"There is a lot we have to do better," Carolina coach Matt Rhule said. "We will try to do better. If this is the high point of the season, then we won't have a very good season."

The Falcons are off to an 0-4 start after Monday night's 30-16 road setback to undefeated Green Bay. That outcome resulted in the largest losing margin of the season for Atlanta.

"It really comes down to us," Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. "We've had some opportunities and we haven't nailed them like we need to. That's what it's going to come down to, us not beating ourselves up. ... I know we will fix that."

Yet it was a couple of botched fourth quarters in earlier losses that has put Quinn on the hot seat.

"We just have to turn it up a notch. We have to make something happen," Falcons running back Todd Gurley said. "Something has to give. Don't know who on the team has to step up tremendously, but a lot of people are definitely going to have to do that."

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The Panthers have played with urgency the past two games without All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey, who's likely to miss a couple of more games with an ankle injury. The offense has found production, nonetheless.

"We can't wait for him to get back," center Matt Paradis said. "When a guy gets hurt, someone's got to step up. We've got to step up as a whole unit and that's something that everyone takes seriously, and we can't wait to get him back."

Running backs Mike Davis and Reggie Bonnafon have combined to fill some of the void. Yet Bonnafon was placed on the injured list this week with a high ankle sprain.

Carolina's cause has been aided by an emerging connection between two newcomers on the team. Bridgewater and receiver Robby Anderson have been in sync.

"I definitely feel like every week things get in a better direction," Anderson said. "Just got to keep working, keep our head down."

This will be Atlanta's first game against an NFC South rival, so there will be chances to make headway in the division.

"It hasn't gone how we want, but nothing has been decided," Quinn said.

Gurley said: "Whatever we're doing isn't enough. We just have to do more, just strain a little bit more. ... Let's just start off with getting one win."

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The Falcons have had good stretches on offense across the first month of the season. Not so much in the Green Bay game when it took until the second half before much clicked.

"We have to do a better job of converting our third-down opportunities," quarterback Matt Ryan said.

Atlanta's plight seems more pronounced because standout receiver Julio Jones left Monday night's game with a first-half hamstring injury and by Wednesday, still hadn't been back on the practice field. Safety Jaylinn Hawkins hasn't returned from a concussion. Plus, safety Damontae Kazee is out for the rest of the season with a torn Achilles sustained at Green Bay.

There's a chance that the Falcons could have defensive end Takk McKinley (groin) back as he took part in limited work on Wednesday. Also, safeties Ricardo Allen (elbow) and Keanu Neal (hamstring) returned to practice. Allen and McKinley have missed the previous two games while Neal missed the Packers game.

Four Panthers were limited in practice Wednesday: LT Russell Okung (groin), CB Donte Jackson (toe), CB Eli Apple (hamstring), and TE Chris Manhertz (ankle).

In the series with Carolina, the Falcons have won five straight and eight of the past nine meetings.

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Carolina Panthers

Atlanta Falcons

Player Position Lineup
Brian Burns primary: Defensive End Starter
Mike Davis primary: Runningback Starter
Donte Jackson primary: Cornerback Starter
DJ Moore primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Taylor Moton primary: Right Tackle Starter
Matt Paradis primary: Center Starter
Chris Reed primary: Left Guard Starter
Curtis Samuel primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Kawann Short primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Ian Thomas primary: Tight End Starter
Shaq Thompson primary: Weak Outside Linebacker Starter
Russell Okung primary: Left Tackle Starter
Tre Boston primary: Free Safety Starter
Juston Burris primary: Strong Safety Starter
John Miller primary: Right Guard Starter
Tahir Whitehead primary: MIKE Linebacker Starter
Stephen Weatherly primary: Defensive End Starter
Teddy Bridgewater primary: Quarterback Starter
Robby Anderson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Derrick Brown primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Jeremy Chinn primary: Strong Outside Linebacker Starter
Rasul Douglas primary: Cornerback Starter
Alex Armah primary: Fullback Substitution
Jermaine Carter primary: Linebacker Substitution
Corn Elder primary: Cornerback Substitution
Marquis Haynes primary: Defensive End Substitution
J.J. Jansen primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Tyler Larsen primary: Center Substitution
Greg Little primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Chris Manhertz primary: Tight End Substitution
Joey Slye primary: Kicker Substitution
Brandon Zylstra primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Pharoh Cooper primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Zach Kerr primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Seth Roberts primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Yetur Gross-Matos primary: Defensive End Substitution
Troy Pride Jr. primary: Cornerback Substitution
Bravvion Roy primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Colin Thompson primary: Tight End Substitution
Myles Hartsfield primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Sam Franklin primary: Safety Substitution
Joseph Charlton primary: Punter Substitution
Adarius Taylor primary: Linebacker Substitution
Trenton Cannon primary: Runningback Substitution
Julian Stanford primary: Linebacker Substitution
Trent Scott primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Efe Obada primary: Defensive End Substitution
Dennis Daley primary: Guard Not active
Will Grier primary: Quarterback Did not play
P.J. Walker primary: Quarterback Not active
Stantley Thomas-Oliver III primary: Cornerback Not active
Michael Schofield primary: Guard Not active
Eli Apple primary: Defensive Back Not active
Player Position Lineup
Ricardo Allen primary: Linebacker Starter
James Carpenter primary: Left Guard Starter
Tyeler Davison primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Grady Jarrett primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Deion Jones primary: Linebacker Starter
Chris Lindstrom primary: Right Guard Starter
Alex Mack primary: Center Starter
Jake Matthews primary: Left Tackle Starter
Kaleb McGary primary: Right Tackle Starter
Takkarist McKinley primary: Defensive End Starter
Keanu Neal primary: Safety Starter
Isaiah Oliver primary: Cornerback Starter
Foyesade Oluokun primary: Linebacker Starter
Calvin Ridley primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Matt Ryan primary: Quarterback Starter
Kendall Sheffield primary: Cornerback Starter
Olamide Zaccheaus primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Hayden Hurst primary: Tight End Starter
Dante Fowler Jr. primary: Defensive End Starter
Todd Gurley primary: Halfback Starter
A.J. Terrell primary: Defensive Back Starter
Luke Stocker primary: Tight End Starter
Allen Bailey primary: Defensive End Substitution
Christian Blake primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
John Cominsky primary: Defensive End Substitution
Russell Gage primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Matt Gono primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Jaeden Graham primary: Tight End Substitution
Josh Harris primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Brian Hill primary: Runningback Substitution
Younghoe Koo primary: Kicker Substitution
Steven Means primary: Defensive End Substitution
Brandon Powell primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ito Smith primary: Runningback Substitution
Jacob Tuioti-Mariner primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Keith Smith primary: Fullback Substitution
Sharrod Neasman primary: Safety Substitution
Blidi Wreh-Wilson primary: Cornerback Substitution
LaRoy Reynolds primary: Linebacker Substitution
Edmond Robinson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Marlon Davidson primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Matt Hennessy primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Mykal Walker primary: Linebacker Substitution
Sterling Hofrichter primary: Punter Substitution
Tyler Hall primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Charles Harris primary: Defensive End Substitution
Julio Jones primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Jordan Miller primary: Cornerback Not active
Qadree Ollison primary: Runningback Not active
Matt Schaub primary: Quarterback Did not play
Deadrin Senat primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
John Wetzel primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Justin McCray primary: Guard Did not play
Jaylinn Hawkins primary: Safety Not active

Carolina Panthers

Atlanta Falcons

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 38 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Joey Slye
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 35 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Younghoe Koo
    • Rusher: Todd Gurley
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 3 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Joey Slye
    • Passer: Teddy Bridgewater
    • Pass Receiver: Mike Davis
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 57 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: DJ Moore
    • Passer: Teddy Bridgewater
    • Conv Kicker: Joey Slye
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 39 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Joey Slye
  • Period 3
  • MIN 12
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 46 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • Period 4
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 54 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 22 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Joey Slye
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 31 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Younghoe Koo
  • Match End


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W 20% L 80%
2 8
  • New Orleans L 33 - 7
  • @Washington W 20 - 13
  • @Green Bay L 16 - 24
  • Denver L 32 - 27
  • @Minnesota L 27 - 28
  • Detroit W 0 - 20
  • Tampa Bay L 46 - 23
  • @Kansas City L 31 - 33
  • Atlanta L 25 - 17
  • @New Orleans L 24 - 27
W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • @Tampa Bay L 27 - 44
  • @Kansas City L 14 - 17
  • Tampa Bay L 31 - 27
  • @L.A. Chargers L 17 - 20
  • New Orleans L 21 - 16
  • Las Vegas W 6 - 43
  • @New Orleans L 9 - 24
  • Denver W 27 - 34
  • @Carolina W 25 - 17
  • Detroit L 23 - 22

Last Meetings

  • Falcons @ Panthers 25-17
  • Panthers @ Falcons 23-16
  • Panthers @ Falcons 20-40
  • Falcons @ Panthers 29-3
  • Falcons @ Panthers 24-10
  • Panthers @ Falcons 24-31
  • Panthers @ Falcons 10-22
  • Falcons @ Panthers 17-20
  • Falcons @ Panthers 33-16
  • Panthers @ Falcons 33-48

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

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