How To Bet On Falcons Panthers – Panthers Keep it Close Against Division Leaders
Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina Panthers – Sunday December 9, 2012 1:00PM EST
The NFL betting experts have really been impressed with the way that the Atlanta Falcons have handled diversity this season. When the Falcons lost in week 10 to the New Orleans Saints, most people expected the Falcons to crumble because that has been the trend since Matt Ryan became quarterback. Not only did the Falcons get back on track, but Atlanta returned the favor by beating the Saints in week 13. At 11-1, the Atlanta Falcons have clinched its division and is only one more win to clinch home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. This team is a much improved version of the young and cocky team that made the playoffs two years ago.
The Carolina Panthers has already been eliminated from the playoffs, but the sports betting experts know that these last few games are extremely important to the future of the Carolina players and coaches. The Carolina front office will be spending these last four games trying to determine if this season was a result of bad playing, bad coaching or a combination of the two. The team will also try to work on the attitude of starting quarterback Cam Newton, who did not display the ability to be an NFL leader throughout the course of this season.
Why the Falcons Will Win
One of the things that has allowed the Falcons to retain its top billing in the NFC is the emergence of running back Michael Turner and the Atlanta running game. The betting sites had not seen as much of an impact from Turner as they are used to seeing, but that all changed after week 10. The Atlanta defense has also been under fire all season, but it has shown a tremendous ability to bounce back and shut down the opposing offense when needed. The Falcons will bring all of its weapons together to try and win this game.
Why the Panthers Will Win
Cam Newton may be a bit of a sour puss, but he is a proud man and a proud football player. Over the course of the past few weeks, fans have noticed that Newton’s game has improved and his demeanor in post-game press conferences has also improved slightly. There is a lot to repair with the Carolina Panthers, and a game like this against a team like the Falcons is the perfect chance for the Panthers’ coaching staff to see exactly what is wrong with Carolina.
The Bottom Line
There are a lot of important pieces in place in Carolina to build a winner around, the problem seems to be the team’s ability to get the most out of those pieces at critical moments. The Falcons is now the perfect mix of veterans and young talent that can take this team deep into the playoffs.
Pick: Atlanta Falcons