NFL Odds And Lines Week 14: Falcons Vs. Panthers

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 4: Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers "flies" to the field for warmups before play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers December 4, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The Falcons visit the Panthers in Week 14, trying to keep their playoff hopes alive in a difficult game to predict after the Panthers' blowout victory in Week 13 over the Buccaneers.

The Carolina Panthers had been on an abysmal losing streak entering Week 13, but a dominant, blowout win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has oddsmakers and gamblers alike slightly rethinking things. Though they're still underdogs entering their Week 14 matchup against their NFC South rival Atlanta Falconsour partners at Odds Shark only favor the Dirty Birds by three points.

The Falcons have done little to inspire confidence recently, falling 17-10 last week to the Houston Texans, starting, lest we forget, T.J. Yates at quarterback for the first time in his career. The Texans are 9-3, and have gotten there due in no small part to their dominant rushing game and stellar defense, but it's hard not to look at the 7-5 Falcons a little differently in that loss, especially in a betting scenario. Even SB Nation Atlanta is calling this a 'trap game.'

This is a tough one to call, so, good luck with that.

For more on these two teams, visit Panthers blog Cat Scratch Reader and Falcons blog The Falcoholic.

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