The 2-2 Panthers travel to Atlanta to take on their winless divisional rival Falcons. Will Carolina be able to break above .500 or will the Falcons finally post their first W of the season?
The Panthers have now won back to back games to bring themselves to .500 on the season and will think they have a good chance of improving that to a winning record against the Falcons. Teddy Bridgewater has looked good leading the Panthers to those two wins throwing for 3 TD’s and only 1 INT during that time. The offense has taken a step forward in spite of the loss of Christian McCaffrey who’s backup, Mike Davis has looked more than capable of being a lead last week posting 84 yards and a TD against the Arizona Cardinals whilst one of our winning best bets of last week, Robby Anderson has had a real fast start to life as a Panther posting 99 yards last week and just 1 extra yard would’ve given him three 100+ yard games through the first four weeks of the season and this match-up bodes well for Anderson as the Falcons have given up plenty of yards through the air so far this season and have yet to keep a teams leading receiver on the day to under 95 yards and have on 3 out of 4 games so far this year given up 90+ yards to two receivers. This Panther Defense does not give up big plays too often, they are tough to beat deep and that bodes well for them in this match-up with the Falcons always looking to air it out. Where the Panthers can be got at is in the run game, their defense has not fared well so far this year ranking 21st in rush yards per game allowed (125.3)
The Falcons are a shitshow right now. How Dan Quinn still has a job really is beyond me, the defense cannot stop anyone through the air giving up multiple 90+ yard receivers and over 300 passing yards in every game so far and Quinn is supposed to be a defensive coach! They have been relatively stout against the run so far, but I would base at least part of that on the fact they’re thrown on so often. On offense they are more than capable of putting up points but even that floundered last week with Matt Ryan failing to throw a TD pass and the offense only posting 16 points against a middle of the road Green Bay Packer Defense and if this Falcon Passing Attack can’t put points on the board at good rate they’re not going to have a chance of winning a ball game.
The Panthers have not beaten their NFC South rivals in Atlanta since 2014 and although I like them to win this one it’s a close call so wont be one of my best bets but instead I’m going back to the well with Robby Anderson to have a bit of a day against a beat up Falcon defense who haven’t been able to stop pass catchers yet this year.
PREDICTION: PANTHERS 30 – 27 FALCONS
BEST BET: Robby Anderson over 73.5 receiving yards @ 5/6 with SkyBet. 2 point bet.