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#141 Carolina Panthers 48.5
vs. #142 Atlanta Falcons -3.5

Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 1:00pm EST
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
Written by Scott Reichel
Week 14 of NFL football continues as the Carolina Panthers travel to Mercedes-Benz Stadium to take on the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 1:00 P.M. These two teams have not met since week 11 when the Falcons beat the Panthers on the road by the score of 29-3.       

Panthers Fire Their Head Coach

The Carolina Panthers are in terrible form headed into this game. The Panthers started the season with victories in five of their first eight games of the season so it appeared that they were well on their way to clinching a playoff spot. However, the wheels quickly spiraled out of control as the Panthers then lost each of their last four games. Now, Carolina's playoff hopes are basically nonexistent but it is still technically possible for it to make the playoffs but the Panthers will need to win every game left on the schedule to keep its hopes alive. To make matters worse, they officially fired Ron Rivera as their head coach and defensive backs coach Perry Fewell will take over in the interim. As a result, one has to wonder just how hard these players will play for their new head coach.  Carolina's offense is led by running back Christian McCaffrey who has been unbelievable this season as he has already has 1,167 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. In addition, he also has 644 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns so he has been a serious weapon in multiple areas throughout the season. Defensively, Carolina has been underwhelming up to this point in the regular season. The Jets are allowing 26.7 points per game which ranks 26th in the league. In addition, the Panthers are allowing 366.7 yards per game which ranks 22nd in the league. Now, Carolina will look for a solid defensive performance on the road on Sunday.
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