Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons Pick – NFL Week 5

A key NFC South showdown goes down during the early slate of Week 5 as the 2-2 Panthers will take on the 0-4 Atlanta Falcons.

Though you might have thought these records would be reversed at the start of the season, they are certainly deserved. Teddy Bridgewater and the Carolina Panthers are clicking and exceeding expectations, while the Atlanta Falcons continue to find new and unique ways to lose games. You do have to wonder just how much longer Dan Quinn will hold onto his job.

The Falcons enter banged-up and coming off a short week. Though they’re at home, this certainly is no layup to secure their first win of the season, especially given how porous their stop unit has been this season.

For Carolina, they continue to improve – especially on offense where Bridgewater is beginning to regain his old form before a tough ACL injury kept him out for an entire season. Under Matt Rhule, this team plays hard and executes – and though they’re still without star running back Christian McCaffrey, Mike Davis has filled the void very well thus far.

If Atlanta is to have any hope of turning their season around, it needs to occur right now in Week 5 vs. Carolina. But it remains hard to trust anything this team offers, and the pesky Panthers will be a tough opponent. Desperate football often produces good entertainment, and this divisional clash should provide some great drama. As always, continue reading on beneath the current betting odds for our look at Carolina vs. Atlanta in Week 5 action.

Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons Betting Odds:

Carolina Panthers +2.5 (-105)
@ Atlanta Falcons -2.5 (-115)

Over 54 (-110)
Under 54 (-110)

*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag

Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons Pick:

Though I never thought I’d be asking myself this question entering Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season, I am genuinely wondering how the Falcons’ defense can stop Teddy Bridgewater right now. The journeyman QB enters this game in fine form, and showing no signs of a lengthy injury layoff. Atlanta’s defense is not good at all, and will quite likely be down their entire starting unit within their defensive backfield.

That has to be great news for Carolina’s trio of talented receivers – likely one of the top units in the league. With D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson, and Curtis Samuel, look for that trio to get open early and often come Sunday afternoon. Their route running and pace should cause problems for this Falcons’ reserve crew.

We also need to talk about Mike Davis, the Panthers’ new running back who has come out of nowhere to provide Carolina with McCaffrey-like production. He’s elusive and dangerous as a pass catcher out of the backfield – an area where Atlanta has struggled heavily this season. Carolina will have the chains moving for all four quarters on Sunday.

On the other side, look for Atlanta to enter with some big-time question marks on offense as well. Both Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley are banged-up, and though they should play – you do have to wonder about their effectiveness.

Carolina’s secondary has also been getting exposed of late – though if that receiving duo is limited at all for Atlanta, Matt Ryan’s options will very quickly dry up downfield.

SHORT COMES UP BIG
One big boost for the Panthers is the return of key defensive tackle in Kawann Short. Short returned last week vs. Arizona and proved to be a real presence at pressuring Kyler Murray. Against a pedestrian Falcons’ offensive line, Short again should single-handedly provide solid pressure to force Matt Ryan into many uncomfortable situations.

Monitor Atlanta’s injury report in the lead-up to this contest, particularly in their secondary. If multiple starters remain out, as is the expectation – the Panthers represent excellent value here in Week 5. They’re the more cohesive group, and are just better right now on both sides of the football. Look for the Panthers to secure a big divisional victory on Sunday.

My Pick
Panthers +2.5
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.