Falcons Panthers Betting – Falcons Flying High Heading To Carolina Sunday
The Atlanta Falcons are soaring after knocking off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28-24 this past Sunday, and securing the best record in the National Football League at 10-2. Only the New England Patriots have as many wins as Atlanta, which has won six in a row to climb to the top of the NFC South standings, one game ahead of the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. The Falcons will continue their quest to lock up the division and secure home field advantage this weekend, when they take on the Carolina Panthers in another divisional game.
NFL Betting: Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina Panthers
Online Sports Betting Odds: Atlanta – 7.5
Bank of America Stadium has not been kind to the 1-11 Panthers this season. Then again, Carolina has struggled no matter where it has played. The Panthers will play consecutive home games against the Falcons and Arizona Cardinals, as they look to salvage their season by establishing some semblance of hope for the future.
Why To Bet On The Falcons
Atlanta has steamrolled through its competition this season, with only one betting on NFL loss in the last 13 weeks. What’s even more impressive is that the Falcons are perfect within the division, although this will be the first time they play Carolina this season. Atlanta’s balanced offense has been difficult for any defense, as quarterback Matt Ryan has continued to improve behind a strong running game that features Michael Turner and Jason Snelling, both of whom are averaging over four yards per carry. Turner leads the way with eight touchdowns and a 4.3 yard average, but Ryan has been the perfect game manager under center. The Falcons defense has been strong against the rush all year, and despite the fact that they’ve struggled against the pass, they likely won’t be tested much in that are against a Carolina team that ranks dead last in the league in pass offense.
Why To Bet On The Panthers
It’s hard to make a football betting argument for why one of the worst teams in the league will beat one of the best, but Carolina could take advantage of an Atlanta team that is playing the second of a three-game road trip, and could be due for a letdown. The Falcons are coming off big wins over the Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay, and may be caught looking ahead to the next two weeks, including a trip to Seattle to face the Seattle Seahawks before a home date against the Saints. Carolina has had some close games this season, and although a win is unlikely, they could keep it close if the Falcons falter.
How The Game Will Play Out
Falcons’ head coach Mike Smith has his team within reach of a division title and home field advantage for the 2010-11 playoffs, and it’s unlikely this team will be slowing down any time soon. Atlanta has two more road games the next couple of weeks before heading home to take on the Saints and Panthers at the Georgia Dome, and that schedule is soft enough that there will be no excuses.
Falcons Panthers Betting Pick: Falcons