Carolina Panthers vs Atlanta Falcons Pick, Odds, Week 14 Prediction 12/8/2019
Game: Carolina Panthers vs Atlanta Falcons
Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta -1
Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the site where Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons will take on the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Carolina opens this game as 1-point underdogs. The over/under opens at 48.5. The Panthers are 5-7-0 ATS and 8-4-0 when betting on the total. The Falcons are 4-8-0 when wagering on the over/under and 3-9-0 against the spread.
The last time they took the field, the Carolina Panthers went up against the Washington Redskins and ended up taking the loss by a score of 29-21. Christian McCaffrey paced the team in rushing for the game. He tore off a long run of 12 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He rushed for a total of 44 yards via 14 carries which meant he was running for 3.1 yards per carry. DJ Moore was the leader in receiving yardage by racking up 75 yards on 6 catches. He had an average of 12.5 yards per catch for the game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Panthers was Kyle Allen who went 27/46 with 278 yards passing and threw 2 touchdowns. He gave away 1 interception during the game. The Carolina Panthers ran the ball a total of 20 times and earned 65 yards giving them an average of 3.3 yards per run. On the day, they finished with a total of 73 plays which gave them a total of 278 yards. For the game, the Panthers racked up 22 1st downs and they had a total of 5 penalties for 43 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Carolina allowed 13 catches on 25 attempts totaling 114 yards, and a completion percentage of 52.0%. In the running game, the Panthers allowed 248 yards on 30 carries which means they had an average of 8.3 yards per rushing attempt allowed. In the game, they gave up 362 yards but didn't get any takeaways. Josh Schonwald has a free pick for the contest between the Ravens and Bills.
Panthers Dip to 5-7 After Loss
The Panthers step onto the field holding a record of 5-7 for this season. In terms of scoring, they are one of the marginal teams in the league averaging 23 points per game, which has them at 14th among all NFL teams. As a team, they have an average of 121 rushing yards per contest which is 5th in the NFC. For total yardage, they rank 11th among NFC teams and 21st among all NFL teams with 4,095 yards. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, the Panthers currently have a total of 15 passing TDs and 16 rushing TDs. They are a team that has the capability to score points among NFC South teams and I wouldn't expect things to change too much in this game.
The Panthers have one of the average defenses in the NFL, allowing 26.7 points per contest putting them 12th among NFC teams. When it comes to yards on the ground, Carolina is giving up 137.5 yards per contest putting them 4th in the NFC South and 29th in the league. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 5.3 yards per rush ranking them 16th among NFC teams and 32nd in the NFL overall. Overall, they have allowed 1,446 rushing yards through 12 contests. When it comes to passing yards, the Panthers have conceded 2,750 yards. Opponents are completing 64.2% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 5.8 yards per attempt. They have allowed 14 passing TDs and 22 rushing TDs.
The last time they took the field, the Atlanta Falcons went up against the New Orleans Saints and lost 26-18. Devonta Freeman led the team in rushing for that contest. His longest run of the day went for 6 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He ran for 51 yards by way of 17 carries which had him averaging 3.0 yards per carry. Calvin Ridley led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 91 yards on 8 receptions. He had an average of 11.4 yards per reception for that contest. Running the show from under center for the Falcons was Matt Ryan who went 35/50 with 312 yards through the air and added 2 touchdowns. He gave away 2 picks during the game. The Atlanta Falcons rushed the ball a total of 26 times and earned 89 yards which earned them an average of 3.4 yards per attempt. In the game, they totaled 85 plays which gave them a total of 348 yards. For the game, the Falcons earned a total of 27 1st downs and they totaled 4 penalties for 18 yards. When discussing the defense, Atlanta gave up 18 catches on 31 throws totaling 184 yards, and a completion percentage of 58.0%. For this contest, they conceded 279 yards but didn't force any takeaways. In the running game, the Falcons gave up 95 yards on 18 attempts which means they had an average of 5.3 yards per carry allowed. Another prediction you may want to look into is the free pick against the spread from Parlays Pundit on the Bengals vs Browns game.
Falcons are 3-9 After Loss
The Falcons step onto the field holding a record of 3-9. Atlanta needs to do more to make teams respect their running game by averaging 74 rushing yards per game, ranking them 30th in the NFL. As a unit, they have a total of 891 yards rushing through 12 games, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the league. The Falcons average 369 yards per contest overall ranking them 11th in the league and 8th in the conference. When talking about the points that are being put on the board, the Falcons are ranked 4th in the NFC South and 18th out of all the teams in the league averaging 21.7 points per game.
The Falcons are giving up 26.9 points per contest ranking them 3rd in the division and 27th among NFL teams. When it comes to points allowed, they have given up 323 total points. In regard to yards on the ground, they are giving up 109 yards per game which puts them at 17th in the league and 3rd in the NFC South. This year, they have allowed a total of 1,304 yards rushing and 11 rushing TDs. Their pass defense is one of the middling groups in the NFL. They are giving up 260 passing yards per game. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Falcons are currently ranked 12th among NFC teams. They have conceded 23 passing touchdowns this season.
Who will win tonight's Panthers/Falcons NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Falcons -1
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