NFL Games of the Week feature the Atlanta Falcons at the Carolina Panthers and the Detroit Lions at the Green Bay Packers. These Week 9 matchups can be seen on FOX and ESPN on Sunday, November 5 and Monday, November 6. The Falcons and Panthers are battling for second place in the NFC South, while the Lions and Packers are fighting for second place in the NFC North. Let’s look at both games and Week 9 NFL picks.
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Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers
Date and Time: Sunday, November 5, 2017, 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
Week 9 Opening NFL Odds at BetCris: (Panthers -1.5, O/U 44)
Falcons vs. Panthers TV Coverage: FOX
The Falcons come into this game at 4-3, while the Panthers are 5-3. Both teams are just behind New Orleans, who is 5-2. The Falcons are coming off a win over the Jets that broke a three-game losing streak. All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones said that the team is not going to treat this game as more important than any other. The Falcons will need to get their offense going, as they face a Carolina defense that has 27 sacks on the season.
The weird part of this game for Atlanta is that in Week 9 they are just now playing their first game in the division. They went 3-0 against the NFC North but 1-3 against the AFC East. "It'll be exciting to get back into the division," head coach Quinn said on ESPN. "We started within the conference early and then took this trip up to the East, which did not go well for us. So as we're now getting back into our own conference and our own division, we're definitely looking forward to that."
Atlanta is 1-3 ATS on the road, with two games going over and two going under. The Falcons are scoring 21.9 points per game and giving up 21.7 per contest. The Panthers are 0-3 ATS at home with two games going over and one going under. They are scoring 18.5 points per game and giving up 17.8 per contest.
The Falcons are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Carolina. The Falcons are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games. The Panthers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games. The Panthers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. the NFC South. The Over is 5-0-1 in the Falcons last 6 vs. the NFC South. The Under is 3-1-1 in the Panthers last 5 vs. the NFC South. The Under is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings in this series.
Falcons vs. Panthers Free Picks
The Atlanta offense is simply not the same as it was a year ago and Carolina isn’t doing much offensively. I will go under the total at BetCris.
Falcons vs. Panthers Week 9 ATS Pick: Under 44 at BetCris
Falcons vs. Panthers Score Prediction: Panthers 20, Falcons 17
Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers
Date and Time: Monday, November 6, 2017, 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
Week 9 Opening NFL Odds at BetCris: (Lions -2, O/U 43)
Lions vs. Packers TV Coverage: ESPN
The Lions come into this game at 3-4, while the Packers are 4-3. Normally the Packers would be solid home favorites in this matchup, but Green Bay is without quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Lions are not a great team and they have struggled historically at Lambeau, but oddsmakers don’t like the Packers without Rodgers. The Lions have just one win at Lambeau Field since 1991 and that came two years ago.
The Packers are coming off their bye week so perhaps Brett Hundley will be better than he was two weeks ago in his first start against New Orleans. Hundley completed just 20 of 58 passes in that loss and he threw two interceptions and was sacked five times.
Detroit is coming off a loss against Pittsburgh in a contest in which their offense continually settled for field goals. The Lions are scoring 25.1 points per game and giving up 24.1 per contest. The Packers are scoring 23.4 points per game and giving up 23 per contest.
Green Bay has won and covered 7 of the last 10 meetings in this series, with the last three going over the total. The Packers have gone 7-3 ATS in the last ten at home in this series.
Lions vs. Packers Free Picks
The Lions continue to have trouble scoring touchdowns, while the Packers haven’t shown anything with Hundley at quarterback. I will go under the total at BetCris.
Lions vs. Packers Week 9 ATS Pick: Under 43 at BetCris
Lions vs. Packers Score Prediction: Packers 17, Lions 14
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