To have a shot at the NFC South crown and a playoff berth, the Falcons have to treat every game from here on out as a must-win contest. For those who are skeptical about that outcome and want the best possible draft pick, well, it is the Panthers.
To win this one, the Falcons must take advantage of a lousy Carolina offensive line and middling receiving corps, slowing down the dangerous Cam Newton while hopefully revving up the offense. Failure to slow down Newton probably means a long day, and we've seen enough of those thus far in 2014.
It's worth noting that a win here and a Saints loss will result in Atlanta taking first place in the NFC South, however temporarily, which would be sort of a priceless moment, if nothing else. Especially at 4-6.
Falcons vs. Panthers Game Info
Game time: Sunday, November 16th, 1 p.m. EST
Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
TV Channel: FOX
Radio: 92.9 the Game and 790 the Zone
Prediction: Panthers win by 6
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Series Record: 23-15, Falcons. That's more like it.