Atlanta Falcons vs Carolina Panthers Prediction: Is Cam Newton Still the Answer?

Is Cam Newton still the guy? Jason Radowitz shares his pick for Panthers vs Falcons in Week 14.
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Atlanta Falcons vs Carolina Panthers Prediction: Is Cam Newton Still the Answer?

One month into the season, NFL analysts around the world were raving about how the Carolina Panthers were back. Since then, the Panthers lost Sam Darnold and Christian McCaffrey to injury fired offensive coordinator Joe Brady and signed Cam Newton back to the team to be the QB1.

We haven’t seen the Panthers’ offense without Joe Brady, but we have seen Newton with the Panthers in 2021. It hasn’t been all that pretty and that’s moved the Panthers to 5-7 on the season.

Now they’ll welcome the Atlanta Falcons to Bank of America Stadium in a winnable game at home. The Falcons have lost three of their last four with the only win coming against the Jaguars, on the road, by a touchdown.

The Panthers believe Newton can turn the corner for Carolina. Here are our picks and predictions for the Falcons vs Panthers game for Sunday, December 12.

Atlanta vs Carolina Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2021

Game Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

Where To Watch: FOX

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Atlanta Falcons vs Carolina Panthers INJURY REPORT

Atlanta:

Questionable: DL Jonathan Bullard (Knee), S Richie Grant (Ankle), CB Fabian Moreau (Hamstring)

Out: TE Hayden Hurst (Ankle), WR Calvin Ridley (Personal)

Carolina:

Questionable: CB Jaycee Horn (Foot), CB Rashaan Melvin (Hand), G John Miller (Ankle)

Out: QB San Darnold (Shoulder), CB Donte Jackson (Groin), RB Christian McCaffrey (Ankle)

Atlanta Falcons vs Carolina Panthers Prediction

The Falcons are only averaging 18 points per game on 332.4 yards per game. The offense simply isn’t rushing the ball enough and has only gained 88 yards per game on the ground this season.

Of course, the Falcons don’t have many running back options, knowing that Cordarrelle Patterson is the lead back for this team. Patterson is more of special teams and wide receiver player but has shifted to running back because the Falcons love getting him out in space. He’s been a pleasant surprise for the offense. As a whole, however, the Falcons have struggled to find much consistency.

On the defensive side of the ball, Atlanta has allowed 27.7 points per game on just 378.4 yards per game. It doesn’t help when your quarterback has thrown 11 interceptions on the season, but allowing 27.7 points per game when allowing less than 28 points is a bit ridiculous.

The Falcons defense has overperformed in yards per game and underperformed in points allowed per game. However, ultimately, the Falcons defense is a below-average unit that can be defeated by any type of team, whether the team has weapons in the run game or pass game.

The Panthers, on the other hand, are a complete mess. Carolina really tried to improve the defensive unit but didn’t acknowledge the offense until key pieces like Sam Darnold and Christian McCaffrey went down for the year.

The Panthers are averaging fewer yards per game than the Falcons this season but have done nicely on the defensive end. The Panthers have a quality secondary and a fantastic pass rush that should be able to get right through Atlanta’s pass protection.

However, I’m just not sure that Carolina’s offense can score enough to win this game. The Panthers have scored under 20 points per game this season and haven’t scored more than 21 in all three of their most recent losses.

I’m going to roll with Atlanta on the road here.

Atlanta Falcons vs Carolina Panthers Pick

Jason Radowitz
@Jason_Radowitz

Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.

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