Carolina Panthers field-goal favorites over Atlanta Falcons in Week 8
The Atlanta Falcons (1-6) square off with the Carolina Panthers (3-4) Thursday at 8:20 p.m. ET at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Below, we take a look at the early Week 8 betting odds and lines at BetMGM Sportsbook.
The Falcons snatched defeat from the jaws of victory yet again in Week 7, blowing a fourth-quarter lead in the worst way possible. They were trailing the Detroit Lions 16-14 with 1:12 left in the game, but they were in field-goal range at Detroit's 13-yard line. The Lions had no timeouts left and their plan was to allow the Falcons to score so they could get the ball back. It was Detroit's only chance. Atlanta RB Todd Gurley got down to the 1, tried to hold up from getting into the end zone, but his momentum carried him over the line, breaking the plane for a touchdown. The Falcons added a two-point conversion, and now led 22-16. Gifted another opportunity by getting the ball back instead of the Falcons running more time of the clock, the Lions cashed in. Detroit drove down the field, 75 yards in eight plays, and scored an 11-yard TD pass as time expired. The ensuing PAT won it 23-22. The Falcons continue to discover new ways to lose.
The Panthers gave the New Orleans Saints a run, but QB Teddy Bridgewater came up just short against his former team 27-24. Panthers K Joey Slye attempted a 65-yard, would-be NFL-record field goal at the buzzer to send the game to overtime, but it just missed by about the length of a football. The Panthers did cover as 7-point dogs, moving to 4-1 ATS across the past five. That includes a 23-16 win in Atlanta back in Week 5 as 2.5-point underdogs.
Falcons at Panthers betting odds, spread and line
Odds via BetMGM; last updated Monday at 6:02 a.m. ET.
- Money line: Falcons +135 (bet $100 to win $135) / Panthers -162 (bet $162 to win $100) | Bet now
- Against the spread: Falcons +3, -110 (bet $110 to win $100) / Panthers -3, -110 (bet $110 to win $100) | Bet now
- Total: 50.5, Over -115 (bet $115 to win $100) / Under -106 (bet $106 to win $100) | Bet now
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At +135 odds, the Falcons have an implied 42.55% chance of winning, or 27/20 fractional odds. If Atlanta wins outright or loses by 2 points, a Falcons +3 (-110) ATS ticket cashes. A 3-point Panthers win is a push, meaning you get your money back.
At -162 odds, the Panthers have an implied 61.83% chance of winning, or 50/81 fractional odds. Carolina needs to win by at least 4 points for a Panthers -3 (-110) ticket to cash.
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