3 bold predictions for the Panthers in Week 5 at the Falcons

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In their second division game of the season, the Carolina Panthers will head to Atlanta to take on the Falcons, who are looking for their first win.

The Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons enter Sunday’s game on two different ends of the spectrum.

After starting the season 0-2, Carolina is currently on a two-game winning streak and has been playing good defense as of late. On the other side, Atlanta ranks toward the bottom of the league in total defense, giving 30 points in every game and can’t seem to get out of their own way in order to win.

As you can imagine, this game also comes with a lot of implications.

A win for the Panthers means they will have a two-way tie for the lead in the NFC South with the Buccaneers. But the result of Monday night’s match against the New Orleans Saints and the LA Chargers could make that a three-way tie.

Additionally another Falcons loss, especially within the division at home, could be one more reason owner Arthur Blank decides to cut ties with head coach Dan Quinn prior to the end of the season.

The future could be scary for the Panthers if they lose. After the matchup against the Falcons, they’ll face the hot Chicago Bears (4-1) who will have ten days to prepare, followed by games against the Saints, Falcons, Chiefs, and Buccaneers.

Anything can happen in the NFL. But if the Panthers lose this Sunday, they may not win a game until the week of Thanksgiving.

National media predictions are pretty much split down the middle this week and it’s tough to say which team definitely has the edge. It should be an interesting watch and here are three bold predictions for the divisional matchup.