Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons: 10/11/20 NFL Pick and Prediction
Atlanta Falcons (0-4) vs Carolina Panthers (2-2)
Game Info: Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
Betting Odds: Atlanta Falcons -2.5 -- Over/Under: 53.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Carolina Panthers will travel to Mercedes-Benz Stadium to take on the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday afternoon in NFL action.
The Carolina Panthers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 2-2 on the season after defeating the Arizona Cardinals, 31-21, this past Sunday. Carolina was outstanding defensively against the fast-paced Arizona offense and had no trouble securing the victory after a 2-yard TD reception by Ian Thomas gave the Panthers a 28-7 lead with 5:26 left in the 3rd quarter. Carolina outgained Arizona by a 444-262 margin and had 30 first downs in the victory. Leading the way for the Panthers was QB Teddy Bridgewater who completed 26 of 37 passes for 276 yards, 2 TD, and an INT while also adding a rushing TD.
On the season, Carolina is averaging 24.8 ppg on 403.0 total yards per game (286.8 passing yds/g; 116.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Carolina has been led by QB Teddy Bridgewater who has completed 73.1% of his passes for 1,147 yards (304.3 passing yds/g), 4 TD, & 3 INT. Carolina has been without their start Christian McCaffrey (41 att, 156 yards, 4 TD; 7 rec, 67 yards) due to injury, however, Mike Davis has filled in nicely as he has 131 rushing yards & 2 TD’s on 30 carries while also hauling in 21 receptions for 146 yards and a TD. The leading receivers for the Panthers have been Robby Anderson (28 rec, 377 yards, TD), DJ Moore (18 rec, 288 yards), and Curtis Samuel (14 rec, 147 yards).
Defensively, Carolina is allowing their opponents to average 25.5 ppg on 355.0 total yards per game (229.8 passing yds/g; 125.3 rushing yds/g).
The Atlanta Falcons continue to look for their first win of the season as Atlanta fell to 0-4 on year after being defeated by the Green Bay Packers, 30-16, this past Monday night. Atlanta once again struggled defensively and could not fight back after Green Bay took a 27-9 lead on a 21-yard TD reception by Robert Tonyan. Atlanta was outgained by Green Bay by a 403-327 margin and did not force a turnover in the loss. Leading the way for the Packers was TE Robert Tonyan who had 98 receiving yards & 3 TD’s on 6 receptions.
On the season, Atlanta is averaging 26.5 ppg on 413.3 total yards per game (311.5 passing yds/g; 101.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Atlanta has been led by WR Calvin Ridley, who despite his tough game agianst the Packers, still has 349 yards & 4 TD’s on 21 receptions. QB Matt Ryan has completed 64.7% of his passes for 1,246 yards (317.5 passing yds/g), 7 TD, & 2 INT. The other top receivers for the Falcons have been Julio Jones (15 rec, 208 yards, TD), Russell Gage (19 rec, 208 yards, TD), Hayden Hurst (13 rec, 162 yards, 2 TD), and Olamide Zaccheaus (13 rec, 137 yards). Atlanta might be without Julio Jones for this as he left the Green Bay game in the 2nd quarter after aggravating his hamstring injury. Leading the way for the Falcons backfield has been Todd Gurley II (65 att, 254 yards, 4 TD) & Brian Hill (19 att, 94 yards, TD).
Defensively, Atlanta is allowing their opponents to average 34.5 ppg on 460.5 total yards per game (353.8 passing yds/g; 106.8 rushing yds/g).
The Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 October games, however, just 7-18-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Falcons are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall, however, are just 7-19 ATS in their last 26 October games.
Carolina has been impressive as of late with quality wins over both the Los Angeles Chargers & Arizona Cardinals, which is even more impressive as they did not have Christian McCaffrey for either of those wins. Atlanta certainly has some talent on the offensive end, however, Carolina has been solid agianst opposing passing attacks which I think will give Matt Ryan some trouble. Atlanta’s defense has allowed 30+ points in each of their four games this season and between the fact that their secondary is down their top four safety’s and that I’ve liked what I’ve seen from Teddy Bridgewater, I think the play here is to take Carolina and the points. Good Luck!
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Brett’s Pick Carolina Panthers +2.5
AUTHOR: Brett Nault
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