Last Updated on October 29, 2020
- Thursday Night Football features the Atlanta Falcons as three-point underdogs vs. the Carolina Panthers. O/U is 49.
- The Falcons are 2-5 against the spread.
- This will only be the second time the Panthers are favorites all season.
- Atlanta is 31st in pass defense and 26th in scoring defense.
Thursday Night Football this week features two teams with losing records for the second consecutive week. Neither the Carolina Panthers nor Atlanta Falcons have legitimate Super Bowl hopes, but the former still has a shot at making a run at a playoff spot.
The Action Rush Thursday Night Football betting guide has the best odds, interesting props, analysis, and everything else you need to know for Panthers vs. Falcons in Week 8.
Panthers – Falcons Odds TNF Week 8[metabet_core_game_tile query=”nfl/falcons” site_id=”actionrush”]
The Falcons are opening at +3 on the spread line and +130 on the moneyline, but there is some variance between sportsbooks. PointsBet Sportsbook has the Falcons at +3, but FanDuel Sportsbook has the Panthers at -2.5.
The total points mark is set to 49 points currently. These teams are on opposite ends of the spectrum. The Falcons score a ton, but also give up a lot of points. The Panthers, on the other hand, have some trouble scoring but have a staunch defense.
TNF Preview & Betting Angles
The Falcons have had a brutal year, losing another fourth-quarter lead in Week 7. The debilitating losses just keep piling up. Atlanta is in last place in the NFC South and they have a better shot at drafting first overall than making the playoffs at this point.
The Panthers came into 2020 with low expectations, but they are surprising a few people. Despite losing Christian McCaffrey in Week 2, the Panthers have managed to start the season 3-4 and are in striking distance of a playoff spot. It won’t be easy to make the playoffs in the loaded NFC, but they have a puncher’s chance.
Speaking of McCaffrey, his return is a possibility for Thursday. Due to the short week, it’s not a sure thing by any stretch, but it’s still a slight possibility.
#Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey is considered a long-shot to play Thursday vs. the #Falcons, source said, but they haven’t ruled him out and he’s pushing to play. He’ll work his way back into practice and see if he can make enough progress.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 26, 2020
Even if they don’t have McCaffrey back, the Panthers are playing good football right now. Teddy Bridgewater nearly carried his team to a win over the New Orleans Saints in Week 7. Bridgewater was 23-for-28 passing for 254 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. He’s completing 72.2% of his passes this year and he has eight touchdowns to five interceptions.
Bridgewater’s top target is his old New York Jets teammate, Robby Anderson. The speedy wideout is living up to the big contract he signed in the offseason, averaging 91.4 yards per game. We can expect to see big games out of Bridgewater and Anderson this weekend. The Falcons are 31st in the NFL in pass defense and 26th in scoring defense.
Even if the Falcons jump out to an early lead, don’t count the Panthers out. The Falcons have blown three fourth-quarter leads this year and that’s an issue they’ve had since their historic Super Bowl loss to the Patriots.
Matt Ryan is a former MVP, Julio Jones is an All-Pro caliber receiver, and Todd Gurley is still a reliable running back, but the offense can’t do it by themselves.
When it comes to the betting trends, there are a few important patterns to keep an eye on. The Panthers are 4-3 against the spread and 3-3-1 on over-unders this season. The Falcons are 2-5 against the spread this year, but they have only been the underdog in three games so far in 2020. On the flip side, this will only be the second time that the Panthers are favored in a game all year.
Falcons vs. Panthers TNF Prop Bets
|Quarterback||Completions||Passing Yards||Passing TDs|
|Matt Ryan (ATL)||24.5 (Ov -128 | Un +100)||285.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||1.5 (Ov -190 | Un +150)|
|Teddy Bridgewater (CAR)||24.5 (Ov -128 | Un +100)||280.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||1.5 (Ov -200 | Un +158)|
|Running Backs||Rush Attempts||Rush Yards||Rushing + Receiving Yards|
|Todd Gurley (ATL)||N/A||63.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||80.5 (Ov -113 | Un -113)|
|Teddy Bridgewater (CAR)||N/A||11.5 (Ov -110 | Un -110)||N/A|
|WR / TE / RB||Receptions||Receiving Yards||Longest Reception|
|Julio Jones (ATL)||5.5 (Ov -125 | Un +101)||70.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||23.5 (Ov -110 | Un -120)|
|Robby Anderson (CAR)||5.5 (Ov -150 | Un +120)||75.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||24.5 (Ov -115 | Un -115)|
|Calvin Ridley (ATL)||5.5 (Ov -115 | Un -108)||73.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||N/A|
|DJ Moore (CAR)||5.5 (Ov +101 | Un -125)||67.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||23.5 (Ov -120 | Un -110)|
|Todd Gurley (ATL)||4.5 (Ov +114 | Un -146)||18.5 (Ov -110 | Un -110)||N/A|
How To Watch Panthers vs. Falcons
- Date: Thursday, Oct. 29
- Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
- Location: Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, North Carolina)
- TV: FOX, NFL Network, Amazon
Betting Picks & Score Prediction
It’s risky to trust the Falcons this season. If they fall behind in games, they have trouble staging comebacks. If they take a lead, they’re always susceptible to a complete collapse. We aren’t going to trust them on Thursday night.
Go with the Panthers laying the points this Thursday and if you can snag it at -2.5 right now, do it. Teddy Bridgewater and Robby Anderson should be able to take the top off the defense and put up points on Atlanta. If McCaffrey ends up playing, this is an absolute no-brainer.