Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons Prediction, Tips & Odds – Dec. 12, 2021
Carolina Panthers opened the year remarkably well with three consecutive wins and it seemed they would not miss the playoffs this season. However, big problems followed which led to the loss of as many as seven of the next nine matches. Christian McCaffrey once again missed a lot of games due to injury, and quarterback Sam Darnold ended the season after five games. In his place, returnee Cam Newton was signed, but he did not play well either. Head coach Matt Rhule has no public support and there is growing talk that he could be fired if the Panthers do not make a playoff appearance in January. In two years, the offense has not improved, and the team does not look better overall. The Panthers are desperate and a win against the Atlanta Falcons could give them hope of catching the last train of the season.
The fact is that the Atlanta Falcons are going through rebuilding this season. The result is not in the foreground and the new head coach Arthur Smith needs to recognize and decide who will be key players in the coming years for the Atlanta team. For several seasons, the Falcons have been one of the worst defenses in the entire NFL and the real task was to fix that part of the game. Experienced defensive coordinator Dean Pees has done a solid job and the Falcons’ defense looks better as the season progresses. The offense felt the departure of Julius Jones to the Tennessee Titans, as there is no real playmaker on the field who can make a difference based on individual quality. It was expected that to be Calvin Ridley, but he hasn’t played for a month due to mental health reasons. By the end of the season, the Falcons will play at home against the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints where they can realistically record a win, and if they find a way to reach one or two road triumphs, they may surprise everyone and reach the playoffs this year already.
In addition to long-injured Sam Darnold and Christian McCaffrey, the Carolina Panthers will be without starting guards John Miller and Michael Jordan in this game.
The Atlanta Falcons have not had any new injuries lately and only Ade Ogundeji and Richie Grant are questionable.
Previous Results and H2H
Both teams are currently at 5-7 and whoever loses in this duel will almost certainly be left without a realistic chance to reach the playoffs. Nine wins will be the minimum for a place in the wild card round. The Carolina Panthers have lost their last four games at home, while the Atlanta Falcons have won four of their last five at road games. In the game played on October 31 in Atlanta, the Panthers won with 19:13.
Carolina Panthers vs Atlanta Falcons Prediction
Pick: Carolina Panthers (to win)
The urgency is much higher in the Carolina Panthers at the moment. In case of defeat and another bad season, Matt Rhule could be fired. The Panthers have lost as many as four consecutive games at home, which is not a realistic situation, just as it is not realistic for the Falcons to win four of the five at road games. It is to be expected that this picture will be slightly corrected and that the Panthers will win at home.
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