Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons Odds & Game Schedule

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Panthers vs Falcons in 2023

Key Takeaways:

  • πŸ”₯ The Falcons are currently a 3-point favorite over the Panthers, via DraftKings Sportsbook.
  • πŸ“ˆ Using implied probability, the Atlanta Falcons have a 60.8% chance to beat the Carolina Panthers.
  • πŸ“… The matchup is scheduled for Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX.

This will be the second divisional game between Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers in the 2023 season after splitting the series last year. The Panthers will look to avenge their loss from Week 1, Panthers rookie QB Bryce Young's first professional game.

Divisional rivalry games always provide a close matchup, and the game between the Panthers and the Falcons should be another one based on the spread.

Young will have a different play caller than the first game between these two teams in offensive coordinator Thomas Brown after Frank Reich was fired in the middle of the season. His QB counterpart on the Falcons, Desmond Ridder, had his own struggles after starting, being benched, and returning to the starting role.

Falcons vs Panthers Odds: Who Is Favored To Win?

The visiting Atlanta Falcons are favored at -3 to win vs. the Carolina Panthers, meaning the Falcons must win by more than 3 points to cover the spread.

🏈 SpreadATL -3
πŸ“ˆ MoneylineATL -155, CAR +130
πŸ“Š Total33.5
βœ… Last Verified:July 19, 2024

The Panthers came into the season with high hopes after selecting QB Bryce Young with the first overall pick and creating a brand-new offense around Frank Reich. However, the season has not gone as planned, firing Reich mid-year and starting their year 1-12 with 0 divisional wins.

This is the Falcons and Panthers second matchup of the season, and the last of three straight division games for the Panthers. The Panthers have already been eliminated from playoff contention, but the Falcons need this win to be in a good position to make the playoffs.

Atlanta is tied with the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC South, but they are in second place based on tiebreakers. The Falcons need this game to stay on pace after losing last week to the Buccaneers. 

Panthers vs Falcons Spread: What The Spread Tells Us

Sitting at 1-12 and still trying to find their offensive identity, the Panthers host the Falcons as underdogs. The spread for Sunday's game opened with the Falcons as 3-point favorites and has stayed that way throughout the week. This means that Atlanta needs to win by more than 3 points to cover the spread and pay out a bet.

Both the Falcons and Panthers have underperformed against the spread (ATS) this season. The Panthers are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games against the spread. They also have gone Under in 7 of their last 10 games.

The Falcons have covered the spread in only 4 of their last 13 games. They also tend to hit the Under, doing so 9 times in 13 games.

Panthers vs Falcons Moneyline: What The Moneyline Tells Us

The Falcons are favored on the moneyline as well, with -155 odds vs. the Panthers' +130. This means a $155 bet on the Falcons would net $100 if Atlanta wins outright.

The moneyline has stayed relatively stable after opening with the Panthers at +136 and the Falcons at -162.

Carolina Panthers Chances To Win vs Atlanta Falcons

The Panthers have not had a probability of winning games all season. In their only victory of the season, they relied on their defense to hold the Texans to under 14 points. The only way they were able to win was by protecting the ball, leading in time of possession, and getting key defensive or special teams play.

The Panthers are 3-point underdogs for this Sunday's game.

How Carolina Wins vs Atlanta

  • πŸ“ˆ Strength: Run game
  • πŸ“‰ Weakness: Pass protection, turnovers

Since interim head coach Chris Tabor has taken over with offensive coordinator Thomas Brown calling plays, they have had an extra emphasis on the rushing game, which helps with limiting turnovers and winning the time of possession.

Despite losing last week to the New Orleans Saints, they rushed for over 200 yards and kept it close in the second half. If they can dominate on the ground again and avoid turnovers, they can beat the Falcons.

How Atlanta Wins vs Carolina

  • πŸ“ˆ Strength: Rush offense, Pass defense
  • πŸ“‰ Weakness: Passing offense

The Falcons feature a strong run game of their own, relying on top-10 pick RB Bijan Robinson and veteran Tyler Allgeier. As a team, they rank third in rushes per game and 15th in yards per rush. There is no doubt they will be trying to win the game on the ground when on offense, with their pass game struggling.

On defense, the Falcons have had success shutting down opposing passing offenses, like they did to Carolina in Week 1. They rank 8th in completion percentage allowed and 9th in yards allowed per pass. Look for them to frustrate Bryce Young in the pass game.

Atlanta Falcons vs Carolina Panthers Prop Bets

Expect a close, highly contested, regional rivalry game between the Panthers and Falcons.

In a game where a win would mean a lot to both teams, expect stars players to step up.

Atlanta Falcons vs Carolina Panthers Player Props

πŸͺΆ Kyle Pitts Catches3.5
πŸͺΆ Desmond Ridder Pass Yds181.5
🐾 Miles Sanders Rush Yds29.5
🐾 Bryce Young INTs0.5
βœ… Last Verified:July 19, 2024

With both teams emphasizing rushing the ball on offense, we should expect to see a heavy dose of running backs Chuba Hubbard, Miles Sanders, Bijan Robinson, and Tyler Allgeier.

Panthers QB Bryce Young had two interceptions in their last matchup; it could be another ripe opportunity for the Falcons to get another takeaway.

Atlanta Falcons vs Carolina Panthers Team Props

🐾 Panthers U15.5 Total Points-105
πŸͺΆ Falcons U17.5 Total Points-105
πŸͺΆ ATL to Score in Both Halves-650
🐾 CAR to Record Sack-3500
🐾 CAR to Win in Comeback+260
βœ… Last Verified:July 19, 2024

If the odds and prop bets are any indication, this game should be a low-scoring affair with the Panthers expected to score under 15.5 points and the Falcons under 17.5 points.

Futures Bets on Panthers vs Falcons

πŸͺΆ ATL Super Bowl Odds+12000
πŸͺΆ ATL Odds to Win NFC South+160
πŸͺΆ ATL Odds to Win NFC+5500
πŸͺΆ ATL Odds to Make Playoffs+140
βœ… Last Verified:July 19, 2024

With the Carolina Panthers eliminated from the playoffs, only the Falcons futures odds are listed on DraftKings Sportsbook. They are currently listed at +160 to win the NFC South, which are the shortest in the division. They are also listed at +140 to make the playoffs.

Where to Bet on Panthers vs Falcons

Mobile sports betting in North Carolina has been legalized and launched on March 11th, 2024.

Popular North Carolina sportsbook apps where you can bet on the Panthers vs Falcons game include FanDuel, bet365, and ESPN BET, as well as Tipico, BetMGM, Caesars and DraftKings.

You can also bet at one of three North Carolina casinos located on tribal grounds. 

Caesars operates at two Harrah's properties: Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort and Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino

The third location is Catawba Two Kings Casino.

Elsewhere in the U.S., you can bet on the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons with most major sportsbooks, as long as you are 21 years or older and located in a jurisdiction where sports betting is legal, such as Virginia, Tennessee or Kentucky.

2023-2024 Falcons vs Panthers Predictions

The Carolina Panthers are currently eliminated from the playoff picture, but the Atlanta Falcons have a very good shot of making the postseason. The Falcons, Bucs and Saints are all tied at 6-7, though the Buccaneers lead the division due to tie-breakers. The Panthers are last in the division with a 1-12 record.

How to Watch Carolina Panthers vs Atlanta Falcons Game

  • πŸ“… Date: Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023
  • ⏰ Time: 1:00 PM EST
  • πŸ“ Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
  • πŸ“Ί Station: FOX
  • 🌧️ Weather: 54 degrees with 98% chance of rain

Latest Panthers vs Falcons Updates

The Falcons lost last week at home in their divisional game to the Buccaneers, 29-25.

The Panthers also last week in divisional game, this one against the Saints, 28-6.

  • πŸ“† Dec. 3: The Falcons slogged out a 13-8 victory over the Jets in rainy and cold New Jersey.
  • πŸ“… Nov. 27: Head coach Frank Reich is fired 10 months later after posting a 1-10 record.
  • πŸ“† Nov. 20: Desmond Ridder returns as starting QB for the remainder of the season.
  • πŸ“… Nov. 15: Offensive coordinator Thomas Brown is relieved from play-calling duties after one month.
  • πŸ“† Nov. 1: Coach Arthur Smith makes a change at quarterback, subbing in Taylor Heinicke for Desmond Ridder in Week 9.
  • πŸ“… Oct. 16: The Panthers announce that offensive coordinator Thomas Brown will be calling the offensive plays from this point forward.
  • πŸ“… Sept. 19: Panthers place team captain and starting LB Shaq Thompson on IR after he had surgery on his broken fibula, effectively ending his season.
  • πŸ“† Sept. 10: The Falcons open the season with a convincing 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers.
  • πŸ“… July 26: The Panthers officially name Young their starting QB.
  • πŸ“… April 27: The Panthers select Alabama QB Bryce Young with the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. The Falcons select Texas RB Bijan Robinson with the No. 8 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
  • πŸ“… March 10: The Panthers traded the No. 9 and No. 61 picks in the 2023 NFL Draft, as well as a 2024 first-round pick, 2025 second-round pick, and WR D.J. Moore to the Chicago Bears in exchange for the first overall pick.
  • πŸ“… Jan. 26: The Panthers hire Frank Reich, who had previously served as the Colts' head coach in 2022.

Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons Rankings

According to ESPN's preseason rankings, the Carolina Panthers ranked 22nd. The Atlanta Falcons ranked 28th.

Now, the Panthers' record ranks them last among all 32 NFL teams (0.077 win percentage), and the Falcons' ranks them 17th (0.462).

Carolina Panthers & Atlanta Falcons Coaches & Top Team Players

Panthers rookie QB Bryce Young has recently slipped in the odds for Offensive Rookie of the Year. After starting the season at or near the top of the odds, he is now listed near the bottom with +25000 odds to win the award.

Atlanta RB Bijan Robinson has the closest shot of any offensive player on the Falcons to win an award. Currently he is listed at +3500 to win Offensive Rookie of the Year.

On the defensive side, safety Jessie Bates III has +30000 odds to win Defensive Player of the Year.

Lastly, head coach Arthur Smith is also listed for an award, currently at +25000 to win Coach of the Year at BetMGM NC.

A History of the Carolina Panthers vs Atlanta Falcons Rivalry

Since the Panthers became an official NFL franchise in 1995, they have been in the same division with the Falcons. They started in the NFC West and moved to the newly formed NFC South in 2001.

They have played 56 total games. The Falcons hold a commanding lead in their history against each other, with a record of 35-21 all-time against the Panthers.

Top 5 Games Between Atlanta Falcons vs Carolina Panthers

The Falcons and Panthers have played 56 times in their history. Here are five of their best matchups of all time between these two rivals.

  • Sept. 3, 1995: Atlanta wins, 23-20 (OT) In the Panthers first-ever game at the Georgia Dome, Carolina QB Frank Reich orchestrated a comeback with a late touchdown. However, the Panthers fell in overtime and lost 23-20.
  • Sept. 30, 2012: Atlanta wins, 30-28 With the rise of Cam Newton, who grew up in the Atlanta area, the rivalry between Carolina and Atlanta started heating up. Although the Panthers had the lead late in the game, Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw a 59-yard pass from his own end zone to WR Roddy White. This set up the game-winning field goal, after which Ryan was famously caught saying to the Panthers, "Get the F off our field."
  • Dec. 13, 2015: Carolina wins, 38-0 One of the highlights of the Panthers' magical 2015 season was their utter destruction of the Falcons at home. Carolina gave their fans an early Christmas present, beating Atlanta 38-0. The victory gave the Panthers a season record of 13-0 and clinched a bye for them in the playoffs.
  • Dec. 27, 2015: Atlanta wins, 20-13 But as high as the Panthers were coming into their second game against the Falcons that year with a 14-0 record, they crashed and burned just as low after their Week 15 matchup against Atlanta. The then 7-7 Falcons ended the Panthers perfect season with a 20-13 victory at home.
  • Oct. 30, 2022: Atlanta wins, 37-34 (OT) Only a year ago, this rivalry game became an instant classic as a thrilling overtime victory for the Falcons. Despite struggling all game, the Panthers engineered an improbable comeback. QB PJ Walker famously threw a Hail Mary to WR DJ Moore to presumably end the game. But Panthers kicker Eddy PiΓ±iero missed the extra point, sending the game to overtime. PiΓ±iero missed another FG in OT, and the Falcons went on to win.

Panthers vs. Falcons Records

Super Bowl Wins00
NFC Champ. Wins2 ('03, '15)2 ('98, '16)
NFC South Titles5 ('03, '08, '13-15)5 ('80, '98, '04, '10, '12, '16
Playoff Appearances77
MVPs1 (Cam Newton)1 (Matt Ryan)
HOF Players & Coaches49
Winningest CoachRon Rivera (.546)Mike Smith (.589)
All-Time All Pro Selections2824
All-Time Pro Bowl Selections90159
All Time Reg. Season Win %.470.438
Years as NFL Team2957

Carolina Panthers vs Atlanta Falcons Game FAQs


Edgar Salmingo

Edgar Salmingo, Jr. is a lifelong Carolina Panthers fan residing in Los Angeles. He has written extensively about the Panthers for major outlets including USA Today SMG and SB Nation. His Panthers analysis has also been featured on radio shows such as WFNZ and FOX Sports Radio, as well as numerous Panthers podcasts. He currently freelances and you can find his work on Twitter/X.

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