NFL Picks: Falcons at Panthers Game Preview, Odds, Trends, Matchup, Prediction Print
Written by Anthony Rome   
Sunday, 28 September 2008 04:00
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NFC South rivals do battle this Sunday when the Carolina Panthers host the Atlanta Falcons. Oddsmakers have established Carolina as a 6.5-point favorite.

Bet the Falcons at Panthers

Kickoff: 1:05PM ET FOX

Odds: Oddsmakers from online sports book SBG Global have established the Panthers as 6.5-point favorites.

Over/Under: 39.5

Public Betting:

Current public betting information shows that 67% of bettors favor the Panthers –6.5 over the Falcons.

Top Trends for this game:

CAROLINA is 0-7 ATS (-7.7 Units) in a home game where the total is between 38.5 and 42 points over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History

CAROLINA is 2-2 against the spread versus ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons 

CAROLINA is 2-2 straight up against ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons 

3 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons 

Key Player Injuries:

ATLANTA

[WR] Laurent Robinson left last game, "?" - Knee - 09/22/08

[C] Alex Stepanovich missed last game, %27?%27 - Back - 09/21/08

[CB] Von Hutchins IR - Foot - 07/28/08

[RB] Thomas Brown IR - Leg - 08/30/08

[OT] Sam Baker left last game, "?" - Dizziness - 09/22/08

CAROLINA

[LB] Dan Connor expected to miss the rest of the season - Knee - 09/22/08

[G] Travelle Wharton missed last game, %27?%27 - Knee - 09/21/08

[WR] Ryne Robinson missed last game, %27?%27 - Knee - 09/21/08

[QB] Matt Moore is out 4-6 weeks. - Leg - 09/03/08

Prediction:

The Panthers definitely have the better overall talent, but the Falcons have fared well in Carolina the past couple of years. Defensive end John Abraham has proven to be a pain in the ass for quarterback Jake Delhomme, even registering three sacks and a force fumble in his first ever game against the Panthers. The key for the Falcons will be whether or not rookie QB Matt Ryan can handle the pressure that Carolina’s defense is expected to bring. If Ryan can get a solid contribution from running back Michael Turner like he did in Atlanta’s two wins this season, the Falcons could pull off an upset. We predict the Falcons over the Panthers 17-13.

Bet the Falcons at Panthers

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