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Sunday, October 2, the Carolina Panthers square off against the Atlanta Falcons. The game, to be played at Georgia Dome in Atlanta is slated for a 1:00 p.m. ET start time and will be broadcast on the FOX. Read on for our Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons preview.
According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Carolina wins the matchup between the two teams 53.3% of the time. The spread also suggests that the Panthers are the favorite to win the matchup.
The contest is scheduled to be played at Georgia Dome which has a capacity of 71,228 fans.
Spread: Carolina Panthers -3
Game Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons preview:
After traveling to Atlanta, the Panthers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a Week 5 matchup Monday Night Football. Carolina then travels to New Orleans in Week 6 before getting a break with a Week 7 bye.
The Falcons travel to the Mile High City to face the Denver Broncos in Week 5 after hosting the Panthers. Atlanta follows up that trip with a cross-country journey to Seattle to take on the Seahawks after its Week 6 bye.
The Panthers sit at 1-2 after opening the season with a loss in a rematch of Super Bowl 50 against the Broncos in Week 1 and a loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3. Carolina's only win this season came over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2.
The Falcons opened the season with a loss, but has reeled of back-to-back wins over the Oakland Raiders and New Orleans Saints to enter this matchup with a 2-1 record.
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera is in his sixth season with the team and enters this matchup with a 47-33-1 record as a head coach in the NFL.
Dan Quinn is in his second season at the helm of the Atlanta Falcons and brings a 10-9 record into this weekend’s game.
The Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons have faced each other 42 times in history. The Falcons hold a 25-17 lead in those meetings.
Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons prediction:
The Falcons defense is terrible. Cam Newton is pretty good. That does not bode well for Atlanta in this matchup. Carolina does not want to start the season with a 1-3 record, and thus are desperate for a win. Newton and company will run roughshod over the Falcons D in an offensive showdown.
Carolina 38, Atlanta 31