Atlanta Falcons vs Carolina Panthers Prediction, 10/29/2020 NFL Pick, Tips and Odds, Week 8
Game: Atlanta Falcons vs Carolina Panthers
Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020
Location: Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Carolina -2.5
Bank of America Stadium is the site where Teddy Bridgewater and the Carolina Panthers (3-4) will play the Atlanta Falcons (1-6) on Thursday. Atlanta opens this contest as 2.5-point dogs. The over/under opens at 51.5.
The Atlanta Falcons head into this game 1-6 for this year. The last time they took the field they took on the Detroit Lions and were beaten 23-22. Matt Ryan went 31/42 with 338 yards passing and completed 1 touchdown. He walked away from this game with no interceptions. Todd Gurley II led the team in rushing in the game. He tore off a long run of 13 yards and he tallied 2 touchdowns for the game. He scurried for 63 yards by way of 23 carries which meant he was running for 2.7 yards per run. Julio Jones led the team in receiving yardage by racking up 97 yards on 8 catches. He had an average of 12.1 yards per catch in the game. The Atlanta Falcons ended up running the ball 26 times and totaled 66 yards which earned them an average of 2.5 yards per attempt. On the day, they finished with a total of 70 plays for a total of 388 yards. In the game, the Falcons had a total of 26 1st downs and they had 8 penalties for 53 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Atlanta allowed 25 catches on 36 attempts totaling 322 yards, and a completion percentage of 69.0%. On the ground, the Falcons allowed 64 yards on 21 attempts which is an average of 3.0 yards per rushing attempt allowed. On the day, they allowed 386 yards but didn't add to their total of forced turnovers.
In terms of putting points on the board, the Atlanta Falcons are sitting at 26.3 points per game. As a team they maintain an average of 105.4 yards via the ground game which ranks them 20th in the National Football League. The Falcons have racked up 2,807 total yards for this campaign. When it comes to distribution of touchdowns, Atlanta has compiled 12 touchdowns through the air and 8 touchdowns via the ground. Regarding passing yardage, the Falcons have allowed 2,334 yards which has them sitting in 32nd in the NFL. During the season, they are surrendering 425.9 yards per contest ranking them 31st in football. The Falcons rank 26th in the NFL concerning team defense, giving up 29.6 points per game. They are giving up an average of 4.0 yards per tote and 92.4 yards on the ground per game over the course of this season. In their 7 games played this season, they are giving up 333.4 yards per contest via the pass in addition to allowing a completion percentage of 71.4%. During this campaign, they have allowed 647 rushing yards through 7 games.
The Panthers come into this matchup with a record of 3-4 this season. In their last outing they played the New Orleans Saints and were beaten 27-24. Mike Davis led the team in rushing for the game. He tore off a long run of 7 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He racked up a total of 12 yards by way of 7 carries which gave him an average of 1.7 yards per tote. DJ Moore was the receiving yardage leader by racking up 93 yards on 4 catches. He averaged 23.3 yards per catch for the game. Teddy Bridgewater went 23/28 with 254 yards through the air and completed 2 touchdowns. He walked away from this game with no interceptions. The Carolina Panthers ran the ball 14 times and generated 37 yards giving them an average of 2.6 yards per rush. For the contest, the Panthers totaled 18 first downs and they totaled 1 penalty for 5 yards. On the day, they totaled 43 plays which gave them a total of 283 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Carolina conceded 30 completions on 37 throws totaling 277 yards, and a completion percentage of 81.0%. For this contest, they conceded 415 yards and earned 1 turnover. On the ground, the Panthers conceded 138 yards on 29 carries which is an average of 4.8 yards per run allowed.
When looking at how much they score, the Panthers currently sit 25th in the NFL holding an average of 23.1 points per contest. During the season to this point, the Panthers have a total of 1,846 passing yards not to mention an average of 263.7 passing yards per game, which has them sitting 11th in football. They maintain an average of 105.4 run yards per game and have run for 738 yards for the season. The Carolina Panthers have an average of 369.1 yards/contest which has them sitting 16th out of all teams in the league. When talking about passing yardage, the Panthers have given up 1,590 yards which puts them in 18th in the NFL. In total, they have yielded 351.1 yards/game which ranks them 13th in football. The Panthers rank 13th in the National Football League regarding team defense, conceding 24.0 points per game. They are giving up 4.9 yards per rush and 124.0 rushing yards per contest for the year. In their 7 games played this season, they have relinquished 227.1 yards per contest through the air and giving up a completion percentage of 69.0%. For the season, they have given up 868 yards on the ground through 7 games.
Who will win tonight's Falcons/Panthers NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Falcons +2.5
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