Atlanta Falcons are in Charlotte to take on the Carolina Panthers tonight.
The “I-85” rivalry between the Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers has been very lopsided over the course of the entire rivalry as the Falcons have dominated the Panthers, as they have won 32 of the 51 matchups between the two franchises.
As we all know, these two teams squared off a couple weeks ago and after the Panthers’ 23-16 victory, have a chance to sweep the season series for the first time since 2013.
The Blogging Dirty staff weighs in on how tonight’s matchup will play out.
Jeff Benedict – Site Expert
At this point, I am at a loss for words with this Atlanta Falcons team. This is a team that at worst should be 5-2 and their losses have all been ugly. At this point, I think every Falcons fan has thrown in the towel and is hoping for an elite draft pick, a great coach, and an amazing new general manager.
As far as tonight, the Falcons will win an ugly game and no one anywhere will feel good about it.
- Atlanta Falcons: 23
- Carolina Panthers: 16
Ross Terrell – Contributor
It would be silly to say the Falcons are going to win. They are 1-6, have nothing to play for except draft position, and are on the road. They are also coming off another heartbreaking blown fourth-quarter lead.
Meanwhile, Carolina has an improbable playoff run on their mind. The best thing about this is the Falcons play on Thursday which will give them extra time to trade as many players as they can. Atlanta will be competitive early, but don’t expect much more than that.
- Atlanta Falcons: 12
- Carolina Panthers: 40
Ethan Johnson – Contributor
At this point, I have no idea what to expect anymore. The Atlanta Falcons are hopeless until they can get rid of all of Dan Quinn’s and Thomas Dimitroff’s staff. With that being said, I think the Falcons have a good chance of winning this game, but won’t because the defense will once again let us down late in the fourth quarter.
- Atlanta Falcons: 21
- Carolina Panthers: 27
Joe Beasley – Contributor
The Falcons head into this game on a short week after one of the worse losses you’ll see this season. Teddy Bridgewater has been good for the Panthers and they might have McCaffrey back for this game. This is a winnable game for the Falcons but it all depends on if the coaching staff will call this game like the Vikings game or like the game against the Lions. I think this team will respond in a good way and come out with a narrow victory.
- Atlanta Falcons: 24
- Carolina Panthers: 20