Panthers at Falcons: What to expect, prediction and best bets

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Curtis Samuel
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Carolina Panthers at Falcons: What to expect

One of the key components behind the Carolina Panthers getting their season back on track has been the fast starts made over the last two weeks. They came out of the traps flying and built up commanding leads that the Chargers and Cardinals simply couldn’t recover from.

Something similar will be needed at the Falcons, who don’t seem to have much trouble scoring points when they are firing on all cylinders. Expect the Panthers to try and control the clock through a well-balanced offense, which has been further aided by running back Mike Davis slotting into the No. 1 position in the absence of Christian McCaffrey extremely well.

The onus will be on Teddy Bridgewater to continue his excellent distribution and command of the line of scrimmage. Atlanta does have a suspect secondary and their inability to cover tight ends across the middle is something that might see Ian Thomas have a long-awaited breakout game if more targets come his way.

Calvin Ridley is a threat that the Panthers should take seriously. There should be a chance to double-up on the stud receiver if Julio Jones misses the game through injury and containing him will be pivotal to their fortunes at a hunting ground that hasn’t exactly been the most profitable in recent years.

Morale is higher in Carolina than it has been for quite some time and this alone gives them every chance of making a significant impression.