Atlanta Falcons (4-3) at Carolina Panthers (5-3)
NFL Football: Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm (Bank of America Stadium)
The Line: Carolina Panthers +2.5 -- Over/Under: 44 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Carolina Panthers look for a pivotal home win against their division rivals as the Atlanta Falcons come into Charlotte for some Week 9 NFC SOuth action.
The Falcons look to take advantage of what has been a very tumultuous week in Carolina as they have shifted the line to become mild road favourites in this one after the Cats unexpectedly sent Kelvin Benjamin to the Buffalo Bills at the trade deadline which works very well in Atlanta's favour as Carolina is undermanned offensively and can stack the box anticipating a heavy run game this weekend. Atlanta hasn't had the greatest season and were in danger of missing out on the playoffa altogether at one point but they have turned things around and are starting to look like the reigning NFC champions and should be in the driver's seat when it comes to taking top spot in the division.
The Panthers meanwhile made a headscratching decision this week as they sent arguably their best offensive weapon to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a draft pick as it looks like they may be entering a reloading mode and clearly that plan didn't involve the former Florida State product who has shown signs of brilliance when healthy. Carolina drafted Christian McCaffery early in the draft and have yet to get him going but perhaps this is Ron Rivera's shift to a run first approach in an attempt to keep Cam Newton off of his back, and if that is the case then moving on from Benjamin and getting something in return may not be such a crazy decision after all.
The Falcons are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 versus the NFC and 4-1 ATS in their last five versus the NFC South while the Panthers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games in Week 9 and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games in November. The Falcons are on the upswing while it looks like Carolina has packed it in and it makes sense this line has shifted and as such I will side witht he public money and take the road favourite.