Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons - 12/31/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Carolina Panthers (11-4) at Atlanta Falcons (9-6)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 1:00 pm (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
The Line: Atlanta Falcons -3.5 -- Over/Under: 47 See the Latest Odds
The Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons meet up in Georgia on Sunday as the Cats aim for top spot in the NFC South with a victory.
The Panthers look to continue their red hot play and lay claim to top spot in the NFC South with a divisional road victory against the Atlanta Falcons who are clinging to a playoff spot in their own right and will be playing desperate football. The Panthers had a couple of early season hurdles but they have been spectacular over the last couple of months and are looking like a team who could potentially create some waves in the NFC playoff landscape and while they were atrocious through their air last week they are in a good position to bounce back here against the Falcons. Carolina is a modest 3-8 in their last 11 ATS against divisional opponents and they are 2-7 in their last nine against the number in Atlanta which makes this one an interesting line sitting at a field goal for the home side.
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The Falcons meanwhile are playing for their playoff lives in this one as they are in the hunt for the final wild card spot in the NFC but they need a victory to ensure their place as the Seahawks are right on their heels and a loss here to the Panthers could seal their fate. Atlanta is the reigning NFC champion and many expected this would be a team that would be right back in the Super Bowl this season, but some changes to their personnel and teams being better adjusted to their game plans, plus a first place schedule has shifted Atlanta’s fate this season as they currently sit in third in the NFC South with a 9-6 record.
The Panthers are 5-1 in their last six games on grass and 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games while Atlanta is 1-4 in their last five ATS in week 17 and 20-8 in their last 28 ATS when scoring fewer than 15 points in their previous game. Carolina still has a ton to play for here and while Atlanta is at home I think this line is moving in the wrong direction but it works out better for us.