The Falcons return home to take on Carolina this week in desperate need of a win. The NFC South showdown will certainly be a tense affair.
Matt Ryan and company fell short at Philadelphia to open the 2018 season and they know an 0-2 start could doom their playoff hopes before they can get off the ground. Their game against the Panthers isn’t a must-win, but it’s awfully close.
The big question for Atlanta is which version of Matt Ryan they’re going to see. There’s no denying the fact that Ryan didn’t look right against the Eagles. He wasn’t able to drive the ball down the field with any authority. That was a big reason why the Falcons struggled to move the ball consistently.
The Panthers didn’t put on an offensive show in their 16-8 win at home against the Cowboys, but there were encouraging signs from Cam Newton and company. They’ll arrive in Atlanta hoping to put the Falcons in a serious hole in the NFC South standings. A road win for Carolina could put them in the early driver’s seat in their quest to win a division title.
This one is only a Fox regional game, so if you don’t have Sunday ticket, you’ll need to find a good stream.
It may only be Week 2, but this game means an awful lot to both teams. The Falcons desperately want to avoid going 0-2. The Panthers know that banking road wins against NFC South foes should put them in great position to win playoff tie breakers late in the year. Expect both coaches to go all out to grab the victory.
On paper, these two teams seem like they’re pretty evenly matched. Curiously, the oddsmakers don’t see this game ending up quite as close as you might think. Read on to discover the odds for this big NFC South clash.