How to bet Falcons vs. Panthers in Week 1

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The Falcons and Panthers are squaring off in a Week 1 contest at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Both clubs are entering different chapters in their respective rebuilding. Atlanta is entering the third year of the new regime’s tenure, and though there aren’t expectations to compete for a Super Bowl, Arthur Blank and fans are expecting a playoff berth.

Carolina, on the other hand, is entering the first year of a new regime. Even though this isn’t Frank Reich’s first go as a head coach, he didn’t take over a great situation and has a rookie quarterback under center.

Week 1, division rivals, and two new-look teams set the stage for a somewhat unexpected outcome, but I’m not so sure. I’ve got a pretty good idea what is going to happen; therefore, what to bet!

Odds courtesy of Action Network:

  • Spread: Falcons (-3.5)
  • Moneyline: Falcons (-185); Panthers (+150)
  • Over/under: 39.5

The Falcons opened as 2.5-point favorites and the total has dropped by four points from 43.5; the total of which I am not interested. Atlanta currently sits as more than field goal favorites, but I expect the home team to win by double digits.

Atlanta completely overhauled their defensive side of the ball, particularly the front. Carolina’s offensive line is a sore spot. David Onyemata, Calais Campbell, Grady Jarrett, Bud Dupree, Kaden Elliss, and Arnold Ebiketie should pressure Bryce Young all game long.

Conversely, the Falcons are essentially starting a rookie in Desmond Ridder; however, the pair of signal callers couldn’t be in more different situations. Atlanta’s skill position group and offensive line are far superior to that of Carolina.

The Panthers’ strength lies along the defensive line. The only issue with that is Brian Burns, the group’s best player, is sitting out of practice in hopes of a new contract. If he doesn’t suit up Sunday, I feel even more confident in my pick. If he does, still take the points.

My Pick: Falcons -3.5

Photographer: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire


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