The Atlanta Falcons head to Charlotte to take on their NFC South rivals the Carolina Panthers on December 12th. The high flying offense of the Atlanta Falcons, led by Matt Ryan has shot down some of the best teams in the NFL and they have become better with every game played. The Carolina Panthers have been gutted by injuries and issues with their starting quarterbacks all season and are now just playing out the string.
Atlanta Falcons Defense vs Carolina Panthers Offense
The Carolina Panthers are down to their fourth string running back and they cannot decide from week to week who will be their starting quarterback. Steve Smith, the talented Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers, is suffering through the worst season of his career and has had to deal with many saying his career is now over. The Carolina Panthers running game is averaging just 100 yards per game after they once were one of the best rushing offenses in the NFL last season.
The Atlanta Falcons defense has kept offenses in check while going unnoticed through their amazing run this season. John Abraham is the defensive player on the Atlanta Falcons that does get some recognition as the leader of this defense. The defense is allowing 250 yards through the air by the opponents quarterbacks but the are stingy against the run, allowing 93 yards per game on the ground. The Atlanta Falcons defense has the edge over the Carolina Panthers offense.
Carolina Panthers Defense vs Atlanta Falcons Offense
The 1-11 Carolina Panthers have not been horrible on defense. They are weak against the run giving up 130 yards per game on the ground. Two reasons for their poor run defense this season is a very young defensive line and the loss of superstar Julius Peppers. Without Peppers the Carolina Panthers have not had the spark on the front line. On the edges the corners and safeties have been yielding just over 200 yards per game which is better than 70 percent of the NFL defenses.
Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have come into their own this season. Roddy White has assumed his rightful
place as the best wide receiver in the NFL and Matt Ryan has quickly ascended to a top ten NFL quarterback. Michael Turner is the Atlanta Falcons number one running back and he will looking to rack up some big numbers against the Carolina Panthers defense.
The running game for the Atlanta Falcons is averaging under 130 yards per game and a two prong attack of Jason Snelling and Turner could be in order for this game. The Atlanta Falcons offense has a decided edge over the Carolina Panthers defense.
Atlanta Falcons -6.5 vs Carolina Panthers: Pick Against the Spread & Breakdown
The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook has posted the Atlanta Falcons as a 6.5 point favorite over the home team Carolina Panthers. The Atlanta Falcons are a big road favorite in this game but they are much better on their home field.
The Atlanta Falcons are 4-2 against the spread on the road and this will be their second consecutive road game. The Carolina Panthers are 1-5 against the spread on their home field. This is the worst record against the spread on a home field in the NFL. Take the Atlanta Falcons -6.5 over the Carolina Panthers.
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