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NFL : ATS Matchup
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ATLANTA (2 - 5) at CAROLINA (4 - 3)
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Week 9 Sunday, 11/3/2013 1:00 PM
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ATLANTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-5-6.92-55-223.713.4362.9(5.8)1.626.312.0363.7(6.2)0.9
Road Games0-3-30-31-217.79.7345.3(5.3)2.725.714.7350.7(6.5)1.3
Last 3 Games1-2-4.41-22-124.012.3315.3(5.1)2.026.716.0324.3(6)0.7
Grass Games0-1-10-11-023.013.0377.0(5.5)
Division Games1-101-11-124.017.0329.0(6.9)1.523.011.5378.0(5.6)1.0
ATLANTA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)23.713.421.130:3018-62(3.4)29-4467.3%300(6.9)62-363(5.8)(15.3)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.111.819.730:1527-105(3.9)22-3660.7%236(6.5)63-341(5.4)(15.4)
Offense Road Games17.79.720.732:0619-87(4.5)27-4659.9%258(5.7)65-345(5.3)(19.5)
Defense (All Games)26.312.019.129:3025-114(4.6)22-3466.0%250(7.3)59-364(6.2)(13.8)
Opponents Offensive Avg.20.710.91930:1626-100(3.9)22-3759.6%227(6.2)62-327(5.2)(15.8)
Defense Road Games25.714.717.027:5425-123(5)21-2971.6%228(7.8)54-351(6.5)(13.7)
ATLANTA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.71.72.514-538.2%1-037.5%2-39(23.3)17-2(7.7)6-57
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-644.1%1-171.4%1-29(25.7)2-10(4.9)7-56
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.30.51.8 14-535.9%1-040.6%2-46(23)17-2(7.4)6-54
Stats Against (Road Games) 12-545.7%0-00.0%1-24(23.7)2-4(1.8)5-41

CAROLINA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-3+0.24-34-324.311.7325.6(5.3)1.313.73.3301.4(5.2)2.1
Home Games2-1+1.12-11-225.013.7309.0(5.3)
Last 3 Games3-0+3.23-03-032.015.0324.3(5.4)
Grass Games3-1+2.13-12-226.513.7312.7(5.3)
Division Games1-0+11-01-031.014.0324.0(5.5)
CAROLINA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)24.311.721.933:4032-129(4)19-2964.9%197(6.8)61-326(5.3)(13.4)
Opponents Defensive Avg.24.61320.932:4228-105(3.8)23-3762.0%243(6.6)64-349(5.4)(14.2)
Offense Home Games25.013.721.333:1836-140(3.9)15-2268.7%169(7.6)59-309(5.3)(12.4)
Defense (All Games)13.73.317.426:2022-79(3.7)24-3766.4%222(6.1)58-301(5.2)(22)
Opponents Offensive Avg.20.510.218.429:4026-103(4)20-3557.9%214(6.1)61-317(5.2)(15.5)
Defense Home Games9.02.714.326:4221-64(3.1)21-3166.0%215(6.9)52-279(5.3)(31)
CAROLINA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against1.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-535.9%1-014.3%1-26(22.5)2-17(8.5)6-55
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.10.82 14-534.5%1-040.1%2-52(24.9)17-2(7.8)7-61
Stats Against (Home Games) 13-434.2%1-00.0%1-32(24.2)3-25(9.2)8-74
Average power rating of opponents played: ATLANTA 18.7,  CAROLINA 18.6
ATLANTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/8/2013@ NEW ORLEANS17-23L3.5L53.5U14-8825-38-279229-7826-35-3411
9/15/2013ST LOUIS31-24W-4W48O16-3633-43-357018-6932-55-3521
9/22/2013@ MIAMI23-27L3L45O30-14623-38-231215-9024-35-1952
9/29/2013NEW ENGLAND23-30L-3L49.5O15-5834-54-399131-13220-31-3160
10/7/2013NY JETS28-30L-9.5L45O22-6437-46-299122-11816-20-1700
10/20/2013TAMPA BAY31-23W-6.5W43.5O18-1820-26-273128-11126-44-2261
10/27/2013@ ARIZONA13-27L2.5L44.5U14-2734-61-265430-20113-18-1471
11/3/2013@ CAROLINA            
11/17/2013@ TAMPA BAY            
11/21/2013NEW ORLEANS            

CAROLINA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/15/2013@ BUFFALO23-24L-3.5L43.5O32-12521-38-183133-14927-39-2872
9/22/2013NY GIANTS38-0W2W47U46-19415-27-208216-6014-27-903
10/6/2013@ ARIZONA6-22L-3L41U20-9521-39-258428-9019-28-1603
10/13/2013@ MINNESOTA35-10W2.5W44.5O39-13120-26-236013-7532-44-2152
10/20/2013ST LOUIS30-15W-7W42O38-10215-17-180021-6323-34-2543
10/24/2013@ TAMPA BAY31-13W-6.5W39O27-12923-32-195014-4830-51-2491
11/10/2013@ SAN FRANCISCO            
11/18/2013NEW ENGLAND            
11/24/2013@ MIAMI            
12/1/2013TAMPA BAY            
ATLANTA: Atlanta finally transitioned to a pass-first offense in offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter's first year, though with new No. 1 back Steven Jackson replacing over-the-hill Michael Turner, they at least have the threat of a running game now. Koetter brought in more zone looks, and they should continue to move away from the man blocking of past regimes. Jackson can play three downs, but they may be careful with his workload to keep him fresh for the playoffs. They trust No. 2 back Jacquizz Rodgers in the passing game and on some runs out of spread looks, and they'll rotate Jason Snelling in as well. The biggest addition Koetter made to the passing game was more bubble screens, which proved to be one of their best weapons. They use a lot of motion to create mismatches and effectively use bunch formations for added confusion. Roddy White remains Matt Ryan's favorite target, while Julio Jones is frequently used either downfield, or on those bubble screens. Ryan's second look is usually for TE Tony Gonzalez up the seam. Atlanta gets more balanced in the red zone, and that should hold true with Jackson replacing Turner as the red zone and goal line back. The Falcons are hoping disgruntled DE Osi Umenyiora seriously helps a pass rush that totaled nine sacks in the second half of the year. Atlanta ranked 24th in yards allowed last season (366 YPG), but forced 31 turnovers (T-4th in NFL), including a dozen in the final five games. Atlanta departed with veteran DE John Abraham and CBs Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson, but the secondary is still loaded with FS Thomas DeCoud (6 INT), CB Asante Samuel (5 INT) and rookie CB Desmond Trufant. The front seven has questions, but both top tacklers, LBs Sean Weatherspoon and Stephen Nicholas, are now healthy.
CAROLINA: New offensive coordinator Mike Shula was promoted from QB coach, so there won't be many offensive changes. Carolina uses a zone-blocking scheme in a number of looks, from spread to wishbone. Jonathan Stewart figures to lead the RB committee in carries, with DeAngelo Williams in a No. 2 role and Mike Tolbert splitting time at halfback and fullback. They use a lot of zone read options with Cam Newton, who could very well lead the team in rushing again as Shula is committed to letting his star pupil make plays. This is a vertical passing game that works off the threat of the run. Shula will continue to make it a point to feed Steve Smith any time he's in single coverage. Smith still does most of his work downfield. Flex TE Greg Olsen serves as essentially a No. 2 receiver, working up the seam most of the time but also coming back on some checkdowns in the middle of the field. They started to work in Brandon LaFell last year as a catch-and-run guy, and he figures to kick inside when they increasingly go three-wide with field-stretcher Domenik Hixon outside. The red zone will continue to be where Newton takes over. He had nearly half the team's rushing attempts inside the 10 last year, and he and Tolbert essentially split goal line chances. When they throw, Olsen figures to be the No. 1 target. This defense will need another year or two before becoming an above-average unit. LB Luke Kuechly led the NFL with 164 tackles as a rookie, and the Panthers drafted two large DTs in Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short who will be great down the road. But although no Carolina player had more than two interceptions in 2012, the team did nothing to bolster its secondary. The best cover men are underwhelming CBs Josh Norman and Josh Taylor, and top SS Haruki Nakamura has no business being a starter in the NFL.
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*Falcons-Panthers Preview* ==========================


While Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are rolling, the same can't be said for Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons.

Newton and the Panthers will try to add to the Falcons' woes while earning a fourth consecutive win Sunday.

Carolina (4-3) is above .500 for the first time since going 12-4 in 2008, the year it most recently made the playoffs or finished ahead of Atlanta in the NFC South - during Ryan's rookie season. The Panthers have gotten there by scoring 30 or more points in each of the last three games.

Newton has a 77.3 completion percentage and a 130.3 passer rating during the win streak - both best in the NFL over the past three weeks - while throwing for 667 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. He was 23 of 32 for 221 yards and two TDs last Thursday in Tampa Bay, and ran for a season-high 50 yards with another score in a 31-13 victory over the winless Buccaneers.

Carolina's last three opponents have a combined 4-18 record, and Atlanta (2-5) has lost four of five. That seemingly favorable stretch for the Panthers, however, is followed by matchups with San Francisco and New England, both currently 6-2.

"We just have to continue to keep meshing as a team, keep building off and keep getting momentum in these upcoming weeks because we are about to hit the meat of our schedule," Newton said. "We are going to need every single ounce of energy that we will have."

The Falcons haven't looked very energized, recording their lowest point total since the 2011 season in a 27-13 loss in Arizona last Sunday. Ryan threw four interceptions, one shy of a career high, and was sacked a season-high four times.

Atlanta, 0-3 on the road, was playing its second game since leading receiver Julio Jones' season-ending foot injury. Fellow wideout Roddy White has missed the past two games with hamstring and ankle injuries.

White, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, returned to practice for the first time in over three weeks on Friday and is listed as questionable. He has 24 catches for 370 yards and four touchdowns in his last three games against Carolina.

The Falcons were held under 300 total yards and 30 on the ground for the second straight game last Sunday despite the return of Steven Jackson from a hamstring injury. Jackson gained six yards on 11 carries, in part leading to Ryan throwing a career-high 61 passes.

"There's no doubt about it, we've gotta run the ball more effectively," Ryan said. "... I've gotta be more efficient as a passer to help our run game."

The Atlanta offense may struggle to have a better performance against the Panthers' stout defense. Carolina is among the league's best with 13.7 points and 301.4 yards allowed per game, and has the second-stingiest run defense (79.3 ypg).

"We feel like we are headed toward (being) a serious playoff defense," said defensive end Greg Hardy, who had one of Carolina's three sacks last week. "I feel like we're playing up to our potential, but there is so much potential in the room. We're not even close."

The Falcons, meanwhile, haven't given up fewer than 23 points in any game this season and have forced an NFC-low six turnovers. They've particularly struggled to stop the run lately, allowing 562 yards on the ground in the last four games and a season-high 201 in Arizona.

"We haven't been consistent in anything we've done in seven games," coach Mike Smith said. "That's the entire football team, the entire coaching staff, and we all take responsibility for it."

Atlanta is off to its worst start since going 1-6 to begin 2007 after opening 8-0 last year en route to a 13-3 record and the NFC championship game.

The Panthers dealt their division rival one of those losses in the last meeting, 30-20 in Charlotte on Dec. 9 to snap a five-game losing streak in the series.

Newton's career-long 72-yard run gave his team a 23-0 lead early in the third quarter, and he finished with a personal-best 116 rushing yards while passing for 287 and two touchdowns. Newton ran for a combined 202 yards and two TDs against Atlanta last year.

Ryan has totaled 1,031 passing yards and nine touchdowns in his last three games against Carolina.

The Panthers activated running back Jonathan Stewart from the physically unable to perform list Saturday. He hasn't played since last November when he first injured his ankle.

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