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Falcons vs Panthers Preview

The NFC South rivalry continues as the Atlanta Falcons (6-7) hit the road to face the Carolina Panthers (1-12) in their final meeting of the 2023 season. These teams previously clashed in Week 1, with the Falcons emerging victorious with a 24-10 win. Now, the stage is set at the Bank of America Stadium for their rematch, scheduled for Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Will history repeat itself, or can the Panthers secure their second win in this highly anticipated matchup?

Falcons in a Tight Race After a heartbreaking loss to Tampa Bay in their previous game, the Falcons find themselves in a three-way tie for first place in the NFC South. Although the Buccaneers currently hold the tiebreaker, the Falcons are still firmly in the mix for a wild-card spot. However, with eight NFC teams contending for playoff positions, the competition is fierce, adding a sense of urgency to every game.

The Falcons will look to leverage their solid defense, which ranks 12th in scoring, allowing just 20.7 points per game. With a stingy defense that concedes only 5.0 yards per play, the Falcons have proved difficult to break down. Their ability to limit passing yards and generate takeaways was evident in their previous encounter with the Panthers. Can they replicate this defensive dominance in their upcoming clash?

On the offensive front, the Falcons have displayed a mix of performances, with their ground game accounting for a significant portion of their yardage. Rookie sensation Bijan Robinson has been a standout performer, leading the team in rushing yards. However, the Falcons' passing game has been susceptible to sacks and interceptions, impacting their overall offensive output. Can they avoid turnovers and capitalize on their ground game as they did in their Week 1 victory?

Panthers Struggling for Consistency With their playoff hopes dashed and the departure of key personnel, including their head coach, the Panthers are in a rebuilding phase. A struggling offense, averaging a mere 15.2 points per game, has been a significant challenge for Carolina. Rookie quarterback Bryce Young has faced constant pressure from opposing defenses, with the Panthers' offensive line surrendering a league-high 51 sacks. Additionally, their rushing attack has failed to produce substantial gains, adding to their offensive woes.

Defensively, the Panthers have shown resilience, ranking 11th in yards allowed per play.

However, a lack of takeaways and a high average of points conceded per game have placed additional strain on the team. With the Panthers desperate to give their loyal fanbase something to cheer for, a win against the Falcons would provide a much-needed morale boost.

Anticipating a Thrilling Showdown As the Falcons and Panthers prepare to renew their rivalry, fans can expect a compelling battle with both teams striving to secure a crucial victory. With playoff aspirations and pride on the line, this matchup promises to deliver an intense and riveting display of NFC South football. Stay tuned as these divisional rivals clash in what is sure to be an action-packed contest at the Bank of America Stadium.

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