The week five matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers has all the makings of a trap game. Sure, it could be hard for the Falcons to overlook the Panthers considering they are rivals, but the Panthers will more than likely be a contender for a top-five pick after the 2020 season given the coaching changes and lack of talent on the offensive side of the ball.
It’s hard not to think that the Panthers would have extra motivation to beat the Atlanta Falcons considering how much they have been dominated in this series over the last four to five years.
This matchup lands right in-between games against the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings. It is almost a guarantee that both the Packers and Vikings will be the best teams in the NFC North, so these two games will be great determining factors in the Falcons playoff hopes, hopes that could fade away with a loss to the Panthers.
The three trap games mentioned will be important wins for the Atlanta Falcons. In the NFL, anyone can beat anyone on any given week. Every team has NFL caliber talent and if you don’t show up and compete at an elite level every game, a team that should be beaten may sneak up and walk out with a win.
This is what the Atlanta Falcons have to look out for when they face off against the Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, and their first matchup with the Carolina Panthers.