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Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers - 12/8/19 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons
Date & Time Sunday December 8, 2019, 1:00 PM (EST)
Location
Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta, GA
The Line
ATL -145, ATL -2.5
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The Carolina Panthers head to Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday for a game against the Atlanta Falcons in a game between two teams from the NFC South.  The Panthers enter Sunday’s game after losing their last game to the Washington Redskins by the score of 29-21.  Kyle Allen completed 27 of 46 passes for 278 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception.  Christian McCaffrey carried the ball 14 times for 44 yards.  Wide receiver D.J. Moore caught 6 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown in the game.  The Carolina defense allowed 362 total yards to the Packers including 248 on the ground. 

The Panthers are now 5-7 on the season, good enough for 2nd place in the NFC South.  Kyle Allen has thrown for 2,457 yards and 15 touchdowns against 10 interceptions. Christian McCaffrey is having another productive season and has rushed 235 times for 1,167 yards and 12 touchdowns. The dual threat McCaffrey has also caught 75 passes and scored 4 touchdowns through the air this season. The most productive wide receiver for the Panthers on the season has been D.J. Moore who has 74 catches for 980 yards and 4 touchdowns.  The Panthers enter Sunday’s game with 5 players listed on their injury report as Marquis Haynes, Wes Horton, Greg Little, Jordan Kunaszyk and Brandon Zylstra are all listed as out.   

The Atlanta Falcons welcome the Carolina Panthers to town after losing their last game to the New Orleans Saints by the score of 26-18.  Matt Ryan completed 35 of 50 passes while throwing for 312 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.  Davonta Freeman was the most productive rusher for Atlanta as he carried the ball 17 times for 51 yards on the day.  Atlanta was led in receiving by Calvin Ridley who caught 8 passes for 91 yards but didn’t record a touchdown in the game.  The Atlanta defense played well against the Saints offense, allowing a total of 279 yards, including just 95 yards on the ground. 

With the loss against the Saints, the Falcons are now 3-9 and are currently in 4th place in the NFC South and will be looking to play spoiler the rest of the season.   On the year, Matt Ryan, thrown for 3,246 yards while totaling 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.  The Falcons lead receiver is Jones who has recorded 64 receptions for 950 yards and 4 touchdowns.  Davonta Freeman has had another down season, carrying the ball 124 times for 422 yards without scoring a touchdown on the ground.  The Falcons enter Sunday’s game with 5 players listed on their injury report as James Carpenter and Ty Sambrailo are listed as questionable while Austin Hooper, Luke Stocker and Julio Jones are all listed as out. 

Carolina has scored 23.3 points per game while allowing 26.7 points per game.  Carolina has gained 372.9 yards per game and has allowed 388.5 yards per game.  Atlanta has scored 21.7 points per game this season while allowing 26.9 points per game.  Atlanta has averaged gaining 393.3 yards per game while giving up 379.9 yards per game. Atlanta is 2-3 in their last 5 games played while Carolina is 1-4 and have lost 4 games in a row.  The Falcons won the first meeting of the season between these two teams by the score of 29-3 in a game played in Carolina.  I am going to go with Atlanta in this one as it seems that the Falcons have had some toughness to their team lately, while Carolina has just fallen apart. Atlanta wins 27-21 and covers the spread.     

Pick:
ATL -145, ATL -2.5
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