The Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons wrap up their respective regular season schedules this afternoon when they square off at the Georgia Dome. Kickoff in today's divisional clash between the Panthers and Falcons is set for 1:00pm ET; the game will be carried live on FOX. The latest NFL Odds have Carolina listed as -6.5 against the spread road favorite and the Over/Under set at 45.5 points.
The Falcons are a pathetic 4-11 on the season, making them, unquestionably, the league's most disappointing team; however, Mike Smith and his players should be credited for not giving up on the season.
It would have been incredibly easy for Atlanta to just fold shop after suffering through such anticlimactic season, but the team has not given up.
The Falcons heart was evident on Monday night in San Francisco when they nearly knocked off a Niners team that had yet to secure a playoff berth.
Atlanta is 2-2 in its last four games and its last three losses, which includes last night's deceptive 34-24 final, have come by a total of 15 points.
Carolina, which crushed the Falcons 34-10 at Bank of America Stadium on November 3rd, figures to bring its 'A' game as well this weekend. The Panthers cannot afford to do anything else if they hope to win the division and secure the No. 2 seed in the NFC Playoffs.
Should Carolina fall at the Georgia Dome, the door would be open for the Saints to take the NFC South crown as well as the coveted two spot.
Atlanta has won five straight as a host in this series and it covered the spread in four of those games, but the two teams are playing a little role reversal this time around. The Panthers are listed as a road favorite at Atlanta for the first time since the 2008 season.
Notable Trends: The Falcons are 0-6 straight up and 1-5 against the spread in their last six games as an underdog against an NFC South opponent.
Carolina Panthers vs Atlanta Falcons NFL Odds:
Carolina Panthers -6.5 (-110), Over 45.5 (-110
Atlanta Falcons +6.5 (-110), Under 45.5 (-110)
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