Panthers vs Falcons Prediction NFL Picks Today 12/17
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- Dec 17, 2023, 9:08:10 AM
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NFC South Showdown: Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers
Get ready for an NFC South clash as the Atlanta Falcons aim to bolster their playoff chances against the struggling Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. The Falcons, part of a three-way tie for first place in the NFC South, face the Panthers, who have had a challenging season. This in-depth preview covers team dynamics, player statistics, and injury updates, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of each team on both offense and defense.
Before we delve into team details, let's check the current odds for the game:
Atlanta Falcons Overview
Record and Recent Performance
The Atlanta Falcons, with a 6-7 record, are in a competitive position in the NFC South. In their last five games, the Falcons faced tough opponents, securing a notable win against the New York Jets but falling short against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Quarterback Desmond Ridder leads the Falcons' offensive charge with 2,376 passing yards. Running back B. Robinson has been a reliable force on the ground with 790 rushing yards, contributing to the team's balanced attack.
The Falcons have some injury concerns, with defensive end LaCale London and kicker Younghoe Koo listed as questionable for the upcoming matchup. However, key players like Kentavius Street and David Onyemata are ruled out.
Carolina Panthers Overview
Record and Recent Performance
The Carolina Panthers, with a challenging 1-12 record, find themselves at the bottom of the NFC South. In their last five games, the Panthers struggled to secure victories, facing setbacks against strong opponents like the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Struggles on Both Ends
Offensively, the Panthers, led by quarterback B. Young, have faced challenges, scoring a total of 197 points this season. Defensively, the team has also struggled, allowing 341 points, the highest in the NFC South.
The Panthers have key players like Yetur Gross-Matos and Brian Burns listed as questionable for the upcoming matchup. Tight end Ian Thomas is ruled out, further impacting the team's offensive options.
Expect the Atlanta Falcons to capitalize on the Panthers' struggles and secure a decisive victory. With a -3.0 points spread, the prediction leans towards the Falcons covering the spread.
The Falcons, with their offensive firepower, are well-positioned to exploit the Panthers' defensive weaknesses. The Panthers, currently the worst team in the league, face an uphill battle against a determined Falcons team.
Pick: Atlanta Falcons -3.0
Don't miss the action on Sunday morning as the Atlanta Falcons take on the Carolina Panthers in a game that could significantly impact the NFC South playoff race.
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