Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons - 12/8/19 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Carolina Panthers (5-7) at Atlanta Falcons (3-9)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
The Line: Atlanta Falcons -3.5 -- Over/Under: 47
The Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons meet Sunday in NFL action at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The Carolina Panthers need a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Carolina Panthers have lost three straight road games. Kyle Allen is completing 61.5 percent of his passes for 2,457 yards, 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Allen enters this game with 366 career pass attempts under his belt. DJ Moore and Christian McCaffrey have combined for 1,624 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Greg Olsen has 48 receptions. The Carolina Panthers ground game is averaging 120.5 yards per contest, and McCaffrey leads the way with 1,167 yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, Carolina is allowing 26.7 points and 366.7 yards per game. Luke Kuechly leads the Carolina Panthers with 103 tackles, Mario Addison has 9.5 sacks and James Bradberry has three interceptions.
The Atlanta Falcons look for a win after splitting their last four games. The Atlanta Falcons have lost five straight home games. Matt Ryan is completing 67.3 percent of his passes for 3,246 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Ryan has two or more touchdown passes in seven of his last 11 games. Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley have combined for 1,740 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Austin Hooper has 56 receptions. The Atlanta Falcons ground game is averaging 74.3 yards per contest, and Devonta Freeman leads the way with 422 yards on 124 carries. Defensively, Atlanta is allowing 26.9 points and 368.2 yards per game. De’Vondre Campbell leads the Atlanta Falcons with 99 tackles, Grady Jarrett has 5.5 sacks and Desmond Trufant has four interceptions.
The Panthers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games in December and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC. The Falcons are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a home favorite. and 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games overall. The over is 6-2 in Panthers last 8 games overall. The under is 5-1 in Falcons last 6 games overall. The Panthers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings in Atlanta and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings. The home team is 10-4 ATS in their last 14 meetings. The under is 10-2-1 in the last 13 meetings.
I'm not trying to lay points with either of these disappointing teams that don't even have a reason to win at this point, as a higher draft pick should be the goal now. With that said, the Atlanta Falcons are usually a good team at home and they're expected to get some key guys back for this game, including Julio Jones. The Carolina Panthers are seeing their defense fall apart a little bit and I don't like how their offense relies so much on one guy. The Panthers also fired a likable coach, which could have a negative impact on that locker room. There's better games on the card, but it's Falcons or pass for me.