NFL Week 8 Betting Preview: Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons

Written By FairwayJay on October 30, 2022
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The Carolina Panthers visit the Atlanta Falcons at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30. Primary markets for the NFC South match-up show the Falcons spread favorites and on the moneyline with the Panthers . Panthers Falcons odds feature a total set at .

In this article, we’ll dig into everything you need to know before placing a bet on the game, including team matchups, key metrics, weather and the best available NFL Week 8 odds. Click on the odds anywhere in this post to bet now.

Panthers at Falcons Odds: Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under

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Betting the point spread is when you wager on how many points a team will win or lose by. A plus sign in front of the spread denotes the underdog, and a minus sign denotes the favorite. 

In this case, the Falcons would have to win by at least 5 points if you bet them to cover the point spread (-4). A Falcons win by 4-points would be a push and bets refunded. Conversely, a spread bet on the Panthers would need Carolina to either win outright, or lose by 1-3 points (depending on the spread you bet), or tie in overtime.

Betting the moneyline is simply betting on which particular team will win a game.

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Panthers vs Falcons Player Props

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Panthers vs Falcons Betting News & Angles

Use this rolling, updating list of news bites about each team to help your handicapping for Panthers – Falcons odds.

This NFC South battle is played in a dome at Mercedes Benz stadium in Atlanta as the Falcons and Panthers meet for the first time this season. Despite both teams having a losing record, the division races is wide open with heavy preseason favorite Tampa Bay Buccaneers just 3-4. The Falcons (3-4) are 0-2 in division games this season while the Panthers (2-5) are 2-0 for their only two wins this season.

Falcons Vs. Panthers Injury Report

Atlanta Injuries

PlayerPos.InjuryStatus
DeAundre AlfordCBHamstringQuestionable
A.J. TerrellCBHamstringQuestionable

Carolina Injuries

PlayerPos.InjuryStatus
Laviska Shenault Jr.WRHamstringQuestionable
Cory LittletonLBGroinQuestionable
Daviyon NixonDTIllnessQuestionable
Myles HartsfieldDBHamstringQuestionable
Marquis HaynesDEIllnessQuestionable
Henry AndersonDEIllnessOut
Austin CorbettOGKneeQuestionable
Arron MosbyLBHamstringProbable
Frankie LuvuLBShoulderProbable
Donte JacksonCBAnkleProbable
Taylor MotonOTIllnessProbable
Michael JordanOGPersonalProbable
Matt IoannidisDTNeckProbable
Jaycee HornCBRibsQuestionable
Chuba HubbardRBAnkleQuestionable

Falcons Offense Vs. Panthers Defense

Falcons OffenseStats (Rank)Panthers Defense
23.3 (12)Points/Gm21.3 (17)
0.4 (3)Points/Play0.3 (3)
308.6 (27)Yards/Gm351.9 (18)
151.7 (31)Pass Yards/Gm231.0 (19)
156.9 (4)Rush Yards/Gm120.9 (21)
5.4 (15)Yards/Play5.3 (10)
7.1 (9)Yards/Pass6.4 (9)
4.8 (10)Yards/Rush4.1 (4)
44.2% (5)3rd Down %40.0% (15)
68.2% (4)Red Zone %52.0% (10)
8 (11)Turnovers6 (26)
17 (23)Sacks10 (30)

Panthers Offense Vs. Falcons Defense

Panthers OffenseStats (Rank)Falcons Defense
17.7 (26)Points/Gm24.4 (24)
0.3 (15)Points/Play0.4 (19)
271.9 (32)Yards/Gm406.9 (30)
169.7 (28)Pass Yards/Gm306.6 (32)
102.1 (23)Rush Yards/Gm100.3 (5)
5.1 (22)Yards/Play6.2 (31)
5.9 (27)Yards/Pass7.6 (30)
4.7 (12)Yards/Rush4.3 (12)
25.0% (32)3rd Down %48.3% (32)
42.9% (30)Red Zone %59.3% (21)
8 (11)Turnovers10 (9)
20 (25)Sacks11 (27)

Panthers at Falcons Betting Insights

Why The Panthers Can Cover The Spread

The Panthers beat the division’s best, not so good team last week in a 21-3 beatdown of the Buccaneers. That spirited effort as a huge +13 point underdog followed the trade of star RB Christian McCaffrey. Panthers RB D’Onta Foreman took a lead role and rushed for 118 yards, and Chuba Hubbard added 63 yards and 1 touchdown. Quarterback PJ Walker also had his best game with a full week of practice under his belt as he passed for 177 yards and 2 TDs vs the Bucs while unlocking the big play potential of lead receiver DJ Moore, whose 48% target share was the highest for a wide receiver in Week 7. The Falcons rank dead last in Football Outsiders Defense DVOA and pass defense DVOA, and the Falcons are a favorite for the first time this season despite being out-gained in each of their last six games. The lookahead line on this game was Falcons -6.5, and money has shown on the Panthers following the opening line of -5. ine on this game Falcons -6.5, opened -5 and now -4.   

Why The Falcons Can Cover The Spread

The Panthers are still averaging just 17.7 points per game – right at the bottom of the NFC with the defending Super Bowl champion LA Rams. The Falcons also rely on their running game which includes dual-threat QB Marcus Mariota part of a top 5 rushing attack averaging 156 yards per game despite the continued absence of lead RB Cordarrelle Patterson. Mariota’s favorite targets should be open versus Carolina’s defense. Tight end Kyle Pitts will go against a Panthers defense surrendering 8.1 yards per target to tight ends (26th) and are without starting S Jeremy Chinn. The Falcons also have the superior special teams overall.   

Reasons To Bet The Over

This is a lower total that has dipped down to 41. But bettors may not be factoring enough improvement of the Panthers offense last week. Also, the Falcons defense is without both starting cornerbacks AJ Terrell and Casey Hayward. Falcons’ backup CBs Cornell Armstrong and Darren Hall surrendered 12.6 yards per target last week. Atlanta can have their own success against a Panthers defense that ranks No. 23 in Defense DVOA. Falcons rookie WR Drake London is averaging 2.03 yards per route run (15th), and he’ll line up across from CB Donte Jackson, who surrendered 10 receptions last Sunday.

Reasons To Bet The Under

The Falcons offense still averages just 308 yards per game including 254 over their last three contests. The Falcons have proven they will lean on the ground game no matter the game’s state and the Panthers have a below average rush defense (23rd). Combined with the Panthers propensity to lean on their ground game and the clock should be moving with few big passing plays projected.  

Final thoughts

The Falcons have been out-gained in six straight contests, and last week’s 35-17 loss at Cincinnati included the Atlanta defense surrendering a 8.1 yards per play and torched in the passing game. The Falcons were out-gained 420-261 by the struggling Buccaneers offense in Week 5 in a 21-15 loss, and their fortunate ATS run ran out last week. The defensive deficiencies showing up for the Falcons combined with injury issues suggests Atlanta is not a team to support in the role of favorite and certainly not more than a field goal. Best of luck betting Panthers Falcons odds.

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