Free Week 17 Sunday Pick: Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons (12/28/14)

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Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons

Date and Time: Sunday, December 28th at 4:25pm (EST) on FOX

Game Line: Atlanta -3 (from WagerWeb)

Over/Under: 47.5

Sunday NFL Football Analysis: The Atlanta Falcons take on the Carolina Panthers with the winner going to the playoffs and loser staying home. The two teams will battle it out in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia for the NFC South division championship.

Atlanta is coming off their biggest win of the season. The Falcons dominated the Saints last Sunday 30-14 staying alive and in the hunt for the postseason, and also knocking out New Orleans out of playoff contention. Quarterback Matt Ryan completed 30 of 40 pass attempts for 322 yards and wide receiver Julio Jones caught 7 balls for 107 yards in the win. It was the Falcons first win in December after dropping their previous two to Green Bay and Pittsburgh.

The Carolina Panthers were pretty much considered a non factor in the middle of the season, yet they’ve hit lightening in a bottle and have won 3 straight to get them in position to win the division after losing 6 straight. The Panthers had some time to think about where they were at on their bye week, and they came out after the week off and lost to Minnesota. They actually dominated the game statistically, but 2 special teams errors were costly in that game. Since then they’ve caught fire winning 3 straight and this team looks to be peaking at the right time.

I’m recommending a play on the underdog Carolina panthers on Sunday. These two teams met back in week 11 with Atlanta squeaking out a 2 point win. Well if you take a look at Carolina the past couple of games, you’ll see that the defense is really turning it on. In the past 3 games, they’ve allowed an average of just 275 yards of offense per game, and are also getting to the quarterback and causing turnovers. That was also a big win for the Falcons last Sunday, a win in the Superdome and knocking the Saints out of the playoff hunt. I also take a look at the coaches, Mike Smith, Mr. Conservative against Ron Rivera aka Riverboat Ron who goes for the kill. I’ll grab the points with the team with more momentum, and the better defense. As far as I’m concerned, Carolina is a very live dog on Sunday.

Sunday NFL Week 17 Free Pick: Carolina +3, Under 47.5

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons Score Prediction: Carolina 24 – Atlanta 23

Chad A. Dawkins is a longtime contributing member here at the community. A B-Town resident and a die-hard Boston sports fanatic, Chad is developing a reputation as a sound sports handicapper. He can be found posting winning free picks and handicapping strategies on our forums and on some popular sports betting radio programs.