Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers Week 8 TNF Updated Odds (Betting Tips)
The best USA sportsbooks have the Falcons as three-point road underdogs in Charlotte, only a few days after another heart-breaking eleventh-hour loss where Atlanta’s mistimed touchdown in the last-minute set opened the door for a game-winning drive from Detroit.
Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers NFL Odds by MyBookie.ag
|Falcons||+2½ (-110)||51 (-113)||+120|
|Panthers||-2½ (-110)||51 (-107)||-140|
Betting Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons are the road dogs per the best online sportsbooks. The Falcons lost 23-22 as one-point home faves to the Lions last Sunday. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. If only Todd Gurley had not screwed the pooch and scored that counterproductive touchdown with 1:04 remaining. Then the Falcons would have used up the clock with a field goal and won the game. That would have given them consecutive wins for the first time since firing head coach Dan Quinn. Instead, the Falcons found yet another new way to lose.
Betting Carolina Panthers
The Panthers are the home favorites according to the best USA sportsbooks. The Panthers have lost straight games but keep playing competitively. They went toe to toe with New Orleans in a 27-24 loss as seven-point road underdogs in Week 7. they held the Saints to just two field goals in the second half.
Carolina was not able to play clock-control offense with the way New Orleans was running. The Saints totaled 138 rushing yards and 34:41 in time of possession. Carolina dominated on the turf and tallied more than 33 minutes of TOP in its 24-21 win against Atlanta in Week 5. The Falcons were without star Julio Jones for that game. And Matt Ryan played his worst game of the season, throwing for just 226 yards, one pick, and failing to pass for a single touchdown. That was the only game this season he has been shutout of the end zone.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers NFL Betting Pick
Betting on Atlanta may seem like a fool’s errand, but this squad is eager to get back on the saddle following Sunday’s fiasco and redeem themselves. If Atlanta had not slipped against the Lions, this point spread could be as low as +1.5 at the best USA sportsbooks. The Falcons are apparently as good as they are going to get this season. Now they have to remember a football game is 60 minutes long.
Carolina could get Christian McCaffrey back for Thursday night. Given the short week and extended rest following this mid-week contest, though, the Panthers might err on the side of caution and make sure their best player is fully healed before bringing him back. The Panthers offense could benefit from McCaffrey, however. The rushing totals have decreased in the last two games. Carolina has rushed for 149 yards on 43 carries (3.5 ypc). 58 of those gains have come from Teddy BH2O.
The Falcons defense has gotten better in the last three games. They have given up just 23 points in each of those games. Atlanta has limited the run, surrendering 3.6 yards per carry in that three-game period. The question mark is whether the Falcons can at least contain the Panthers’ passing game. Atlanta has been terrible against the pass. That includes allowing Bridgewater to pass for 313 yards in Week 5.
In spite of those concerning passing stats, this defense has bent but not broken. The weather is supposed to be foul on Thursday night in Charlotte. There is a 70% chance of rain and stronger winds. The total has started ticking downward, moving from 51 to 49 points. These divisional rivals have gone under in three of their last four meetings. They are 3-6-1 O/U in their last 10 overall.