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Falcons vs Panthers Betting Preview

Carolina PanthersAtlanta Falcons
11-4December 29, 2013, 01:00 | Georgia Dome4-11

The Carolina Panthers are touchdown favorites on the road in a place they’ve lost five straight game.

But they’ve certainly got much more to play for the host Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

The Panthers will clinch with the NFC South title with a win. They’ll also stay alive for the top seed in the NFC Playoffs. The Falcons have been looking ahead to last season for months and are coming off a short week full of cross-country travel after losing at the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night.

Carolina is coming off a dramatic last-second win over the New Orleans Saints. Cam Newton led a last-minute drive and threw a winning touchdown pass with 24 seconds to play to beat the Saints. The Panthers will need to remain emotionally charged against a Falcons team that has played better over the last month.

This season the Falcons are 4-11 overall and 6-9 ATS against the number, while the Panthers are 11-4 and 9-5-1 ATS. As for the totals, Atlanta is 9-6 on the OU, and Carolina is 5-10.

View Carolina Panthers vs Atlanta Falcons Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Falcons in this one found them as 7.5-point underdogs earlier in the week at BetOnline, while the total was sitting at 46.5.

The game pits the Falcons, currently No. 26 in our OddsShark NFL Power Rankings, against the Panthers, who rate No. 9 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and handicapping models run on this game predict a 28-15 victory for the Panthers.

The Panthers were a 17-13 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Saints. They covered the 3-point spread as favorites, while the total score (30) made winners of UNDER bettors. In their last game, Atlanta's aerial attack generated 348 yards but it was the 49ers coming away with a 34-24 victory over Atlanta at Candlestick Park.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Atlanta's No. 21-ranked offense, averaging 22.2 PPG, against a Panthers defense that ranks No. 1 this week at 14.73 PPG. The Falcons aerial game is averaging 267.47 yards per game, more than the Panthers secondary allows through the air, 213.2 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Panthers feature the league's No. 2-rated road run defense, allowing 84 yards per game. Atlanta, meanwhile, ranks No. 32 in rushing offense at home.

A few Panthers at Falcons trends to consider:
Carolina is 8-2-1 ATS in its last 11 games
Carolina is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Carolina's last 8 games
Carolina is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Atlanta is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Atlanta is 6-12 ATS in its last 18 games
Atlanta is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games

Next up:
Carolina home to , Wednesday, December 31st
Atlanta home to , Wednesday, December 31st