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Atlanta @ Carolina

Current Records: Atlanta 4-5; Carolina 2-7

What to Know

The Atlanta Falcons are 10-3 against the Carolina Panthers since October of 2016, and they'll have a chance to extend that success Thursday. Atlanta and Carolina will face off in an NFC South battle at 8:15 p.m. ET at Bank of America Stadium. Given that both teams suffered a loss in their last game, they both have a little extra motivation heading into this contest.

The Falcons suffered a bitter loss this past Sunday, failing to capitalize on an early lead against the Los Angeles Chargers. It was close but no cigar for Atlanta as they fell 20-17 to Los Angeles. The defeat was just more heartbreak for Atlanta, who has now lost three close ones in a row against the Chargers. Despite the loss, Atlanta had strong showings from RB Tyler Allgeier, who picked up 99 yards on the ground on ten carries, and RB Cordarrelle Patterson, who punched in two rushing touchdowns.

Meanwhile, a victory for the Panthers just wasn't in the stars this past Sunday as the team never even grasped a temporary lead. Things couldn't have gone much worse for them as they lost 42-21 to the Cincinnati Bengals. Carolina was in a tough position by the half, with the score already sitting at 35 to nothing. No one had a standout game offensively for Carolina, but they got scores from a handful of players including QB Baker Mayfield, TE Tommy Tremble, and WR Terrace Marshall Jr.. Mayfield ended up with a passer rating of 168.10.

This next game is expected to be close, with the Falcons going off at just a 2.5-point favorite. Those sticking with them against the spread have guts, to put it politely, as the squad has let down bettors in their past three games.

Atlanta is now 4-5 while the Panthers sit at 2-7. A couple numbers to keep in mind before kickoff: Atlanta is stumbling into the matchup with the second most yards allowed per game in the NFL, having given up 406.9 on average. Carolina has experienced some struggles of their own as they are third worst in the league in yards per game, with only 289.9 on average. It's possible one of these Achilles' heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.

How To Watch

  • When: Thursday at 8:15 p.m. ET
  • Where: Bank of America Stadium -- Charlotte, North Carolina
  • TV: Amazon Prime Video
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $33.44

Odds

The Falcons are a slight 2.5-point favorite against the Panthers, according to the latest NFL odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 2.5-point spread, and stayed right there.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Atlanta have won 11 out of their last 15 games against Carolina.

  • Oct 30, 2022 - Atlanta 37 vs. Carolina 34
  • Dec 12, 2021 - Atlanta 29 vs. Carolina 21
  • Oct 31, 2021 - Carolina 19 vs. Atlanta 13
  • Oct 29, 2020 - Atlanta 25 vs. Carolina 17
  • Oct 11, 2020 - Carolina 23 vs. Atlanta 16
  • Dec 08, 2019 - Atlanta 40 vs. Carolina 20
  • Nov 17, 2019 - Atlanta 29 vs. Carolina 3
  • Dec 23, 2018 - Atlanta 24 vs. Carolina 10
  • Sep 16, 2018 - Atlanta 31 vs. Carolina 24
  • Dec 31, 2017 - Atlanta 22 vs. Carolina 10
  • Nov 05, 2017 - Carolina 20 vs. Atlanta 17
  • Dec 24, 2016 - Atlanta 33 vs. Carolina 16
  • Oct 02, 2016 - Atlanta 48 vs. Carolina 33
  • Dec 27, 2015 - Atlanta 20 vs. Carolina 13
  • Dec 13, 2015 - Carolina 38 vs. Atlanta 0