Game Analysis

The Falcons, who looked outclassed during most of their six-game losing streak, somehow came to life on Sunday, shockingly blowing out New Orleans 26-9, in a game in which Atlanta was 14-point underdogs. A defense that is allowing over 28 points per game held the high-powered Saints offense without a touchdown. Now, the question is: can Atlanta do it again against another NFC South foe on the road? Was the New Orleans game a statistical anomaly, or did Atlanta come out of their bye week inspired in what was the statistical upset of the NFL season thus far? Carolina is 5-2 with Kyle Allen at quarterback, with those two losses coming at NFC powerhouses San Francisco and Green Bay. Running back Christian McCaffrey still leads the NFL with an average of 109.9 yards on the ground, while the Falcons are giving up 111 yards rushing per game. While Carolina is favored, the trends tend to favor Atlanta. The Falcons are 6-1 both straight-up and against the spread in their last seven against Carolina, and the Panthers are 2-5 straight-up in their previous seven home games. Prior to last Sunday’s upset, however, the Falcons had not covered in their previous five road matchups.

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