Falcons vs Panthers pick against the spread and predictions
Can the season get any worse for the Atlanta Falcons? The Falcons once again lost in the last-minute against the Detroit Lions. This is a reoccurring theme for Atlanta this year and it will not get any easier on Thursday night. The Falcons will travel to Carolina to take on the upstart Panthers. This betting preview provides all of the information you need to make a winning Falcons vs Panthers pick against the spread.
Thursday night odds
Despite the fact that the Falcons are struggling, there is still even betting action on this game. Top sportsbooks report split action on this game with just 51 percent of the money on Atlanta early in the week. The Panthers are 2.5 point favorites and although the line has moved a little at times, that is the prevailing number. It will really move if superstar RB Christian McCaffrey is back for the Panthers on Thursday.
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CMAC Back? He Just Might…but….no
The Panthers are playing competitive football and they are keeping games close. McCaffrey is reported to be pushing to come back and play, but he is considered a longshot to suit up on Thursday night. The good news is, McCaffrey is back at practice.
Christian McCaffrey has returned to practice today for the Panthers, via @MylesASimmons.
Excellent news and one step closer to a return for our king.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 26, 2020
The closer it gets to game time, the better it looks for CMAC suiting up and playing on Thursday night against Atlanta.
Matt Rhule “hopeful” Christian McCaffrey can play Thursday https://t.co/j11XcmVxS9
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 27, 2020
That hope diminished as game time got closer and it is now clear that he will not be in the lineup for the game against the Falcons on Thursday night football.
#Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (ankle) isn’t expected to be activated from injured reserve for tonight’s game against the #Falcons, per sources. He returned to practice Tuesday and Carolina hasn’t formally ruled him out. But it was a long shot all week and remains that way.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 29, 2020
It’s Official: Panthers officially did not activate RB Christian McCaffrey off Injured Reserve
Panthers officially did not activate RB Christian McCaffrey off Injured Reserve by today’s 4 p.m. deadline, meaning he’s ineligible to play tonight vs. the Falcons. McCaffrey’s next chance to play will be Nov. 8 at Kansas City and the sense is that he’ll be ready then.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 29, 2020
The Panthers have played tight against good competition and did it again last week against the Saints. The Panthers have an average margin of -0.9 through seven games. But in this game, they will be favorites and that is a change of pace for this team. QB Teddy Bridgewater was incredibly impressive against the Saints. Bridgewater bailed out the running game which was held in check. He had a 128.3 passing rating with two touchdowns.
Playing at home is an advantage because the road team has to travel and practice on a short week. This is especially true for the Panthers in the series against Atlanta. The home team in this series is 11-5 against the spread (ATS).
The Falcons are just finding ways to lose. They are 1-6 on the season, but if three plays ended differently this team could easily be 4-3. They have big problems in the secondary, they can’t run the ball well and they have too many miscues. So why are we suggesting a bet on the Falcons?
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Falcons vs Panthers pick against the spread
The Panthers are favorites and they are just 3-8 ATS in the last 11 games as chalk. Todd Gurley feels responsible for losing the game last week by scoring too early. He will be focused this week and that will allow the Falcons to run the rock. The Panthers are getting high praise for their effort and that has altered this spread. The Panthers are 0-5 ATS in the last five Thursday games and 1-5-1 ATS in the last seven home games. The Falcons are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 games on the road as an underdog. The Falcons are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings and they win on Thursday night.