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Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons - 10/2/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Carolina Panthers (1-2) at Atlanta Falcons (2-1)

NFL Football: Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm (Georgia Dome)

The Line: Atlanta Falcons +3 -- Over/Under: 50 See the Latest Odds


The Carolina Panthers travel to the Georgia Dome to take on the Atlanta Falcons in a week 4 NFL divisional matchup.

The Carolina Panthers scored 10 early 1st quarter points but that was all the scoring they would do as they fell to the Minnesota Vikings 22-10 to drop to 1-2 on the year. Cam Newton completed 21 of his 35 pass attempts for 262 yards, however throwing 3 interceptions will make it hard for you to win any games which is what Newton found out the hard way. Cameron Artis-Payne got the start in place of Jonathan Stewart, who is nursing a hamstring injury, Artis-Payne used his 12 carries to rack up 47 yards, while the aforementioned Newton carried the rock 7 times for 26 yards and the Panthers lone touchdown on the afternoon. Greg Olsen racked up 6 catches for 64 yards, leading the team in both categories. Ted Ginn Jr. was not far behind however, with 62 yards on his 3 receptions. Defensively, there were some signs of life by way of sacks from Thomas Davis and Lavar Edwards as Carolina allowed only 211 yards. However the Panthers still took the loss at the hands of an undermanned Vikings squad that has shocked many by starting 3-0.

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons - 10/2/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Atlanta Falcons improved to 2-1 with a 45-32 road victory over the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football to close out week 3. Matt Ryan completed 20 of his 30 pass attempts for 240 yards and 2 touchdowns. Devonta Freeman had a stellar performance for the second week in a row, outdoing his week 2 performance with a 152 yard performance on only 14 carries while also leading the team in receiving yards, hauling in 5 passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. Backup Tevin Coleman contributed his share in a major way, using his 12 carries to rack up 42 yards and 3 touchdowns. Julio Jones regressed in week 3, catching a single pass for 16 yards, down from his 5 catches for 106 yards in week 2. It was a decent day defensively for the Falcons, who allowed a whopping 474 yards of total offense, but that’s standard for a Falcons-Saints matchup. However Falcons fans had lots to be excited about, with a pair of sacks from Desmond Trufant and Dwight Freeney to go along with a Deion Jones pick-six that sealed the Saints fate.

Carolina is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. the NFC and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 overall. Atlanta is 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games overall and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 division matchups while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 home games. The home team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

This smells like a letdown spot for Atlanta as they’re coming off of a big win on national TV, and Carolina will be angry after how they played against the Vikings. But getting points at home in a divisional game is too good to pass up. The Georgia Dome will be rocking and is one of the hardest places to play as a visitor.

Give me Atlanta and the points.

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Atlanta Falcons +3

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