The Falcons will travel to Carolina to face the Panthers in Week 9. Carolina is currently 4-3 and well into the race a playoff spot, while the Falcons are 2-5 and have a ton of ground to make up. The Falcons will need to pull off a road win if they have any hope of turning things around. The Panthers defense will not make it easy for the road team as they have been suffocating opposing offenses as of late.
The Panthers are listed as 7.5-point favorites against the Falcons. For CBS Sports' panel of eight, that spread is too large for two of its members. However, in a straight up scenario, the entire eight-man panel picked Carolina to beat the Falcons. The Yahoo! Sports panel of two also gave the Panthers a clean sweep in a straight up pick.
The SB Nation six-man panel voted 5-1 in favor of the Panthers.