Through 3 Quarters

Both the Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers suffered losses in their previous contests, but the Falcons are closer to making up for it this week. It's still tight after three quarters, with Atlanta leading 19-17.

They have enjoyed the tag-team combination of QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones. The former has accumulated 226 passing yards in addition to punching in one rushing touchdown, while the latter has caught five passes for 108 yards. Ryan has been efficient, with a passer rating of 137.40. K Younghoe Koo has added his talents, too, launching four field goals between the uprights.

WR Curtis Samuel has led the way so far for the Panthers, as he has punched in one rushing touchdown in addition to snatching one receiving TD.

Atlanta's lead doesn't mean much since they have only won 25% games in which they are up at the end of the third quarter. In fact, this is -- oddly enough -- worse than their overall win percentage of 14%. We'll see how things play out.

Who's Playing

Atlanta @ Carolina

Current Records: Atlanta 1-6; Carolina 3-4

What to Know

The Carolina Panthers and the Atlanta Falcons are set to square off in an NFC South matchup at 8:20 p.m. ET Oct. 29 at Bank of America Stadium. These two teams are out to turn their luck around after having lost tight contests in their previous games.

Carolina was close but no cigar this past Sunday as they fell 27-24 to the New Orleans Saints. A silver lining for the Panthers was the play of WR D.J. Moore, who caught four passes for two TDs and 93 yards. One of the game's highlights was Teddy Bridgewater's 33-yard yard toss to Moore, who took it another 41 yards straight into the end zone in the second quarter.

Speaking of close games: Atlanta lost 23-22 to the Detroit Lions. The losing side was boosted by RB Todd Gurley, who punched in two rushing touchdowns. Gurley hadn't helped his team much against the Minnesota Vikings two weeks ago, so this was a nice turnaround for him.

This next matchup is expected to be close, with Carolina going off at just a 1.5-point favorite. Those playing the odds have seen things go back and forth with them, who are 4-3 against the spread.

Carolina is now 3-4 while Atlanta sits at 1-6. A couple defensive numbers to keep in mind before kickoff: The Panthers are stumbling into the contest with the fifth most rushing touchdowns allowed in the league, having given up ten on the season. The Falcons have experienced some struggles of their own as they are worst in the NFL in passing touchdowns allowed, with 19 on the season. It's possible one of these Achilles' heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.

How To Watch

  • When: Thursday at 8:20 p.m. ET
  • Where: Bank of America Stadium -- Charlotte, North Carolina
  • TV: FOX
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $59.38

Odds

The Panthers are a slight 1.5-point favorite against the Falcons, according to the latest NFL odds.

Bettors have moved against the Panthers slightly, as the game opened with the Panthers as a 3-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

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

  • 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

Top Projected Fantasy Players

  • Todd Gurley: 13 points
  • Mike Davis: 12.01 points
  • Robby Anderson: 11.21 points