NFL Week 4 Betting Preview - Carolina Panthers vs Atlanta Falcons ​

Carolina Panthers team running into the field

Saturday, October 1, 2016 11:04 PM GMT

Join Sports handicapper Ian Cameron as he provides his valuable Play Of The Week in NFL Week 4 action.

Carolina Panthers vs Atlanta Falcons  

 

The Carolina Panthers are 1-2 and suddenly looking toward this NFC South divisional matchup as a fairly big one as they travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons. There are plenty of factors that work in Carolina’s favor here. The Panthers are 1-2 but the two losses came against two of the absolute best and toughest defenses Minnesota and Denver and now they are taking a fairly big step down in class on the defensive side of the football against Atlanta whose defense has surrendered 6.3 yards per play, 4.9 yards per carry and over 300 passing yards per game this season which are very poor numbers across the board. The Falcons are ranked 30th in total defense and 28th in points allowed through the first three weeks of the season. Atlanta has also lacked a pass rush so QM Cam Newton should have a lot more time in the pocket to find his receivers down the field and his dual threat ability should also pose a ton of problems for the Falcons struggling stop unit. 

On the flip side, Atlanta’s offense led by QB Matt Ryan has certainly been executing at a high level but the competition leaves something to be desired. Atlanta faced Tampa Bay in Week 1 whose defense was carved up in the last two weeks by Arizona and the LA Rams. They faced Oakland in Week 2 who has one of the worst defenses statistically in the early part of the season and last week, they feasted on a totally inept and injury riddled New Orleans defense. Carolina has committed 8 turnovers in their first three games but those are correctable mistakes and I expect them to start cleaning up that aspect of their game and do a better job of protecting the football starting here. Carolina has a solid track record of bouncing back from a loss as the Panthers are 2-0 ATS in two previous tries off a loss since the start of last season and are poised to once again bounce back with a victory here on Sunday against an Atlanta team that is overvalued and also playing on a short week. Carolina laying an FG is my NFL Week 4 Pick.

 

Free NFL Pick: Carolina -3 -110 
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker
NFL POW Record: 3-0 100%

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