CAROLINA (1-2) at ATLANTA (2-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, Fox
OPENING LINE - Panthers by 3 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Carolina 1-2, Atlanta 2-1
SERIES RECORD - Falcons lead series 25-17
LAST MEETING - Falcons beat Panthers 20-13, Dec. 27, 2015
LAST WEEK - Panthers lost to Vikings 22-10; Falcons beat Saints 45-32
AP PRO32 RANKING - Panthers No. 10, Falcons No. 17
PANTHERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (3), PASS (19).
PANTHERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (T-11), PASS (5).
FALCONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (5), PASS (5).
FALCONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (30), RUSH (22), PASS (29).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Panthers returning to site of only regular-season loss in 2015. ... WR Kelvin Benjamin held without catch last week. He had 13 catches for 199 yards, three TDs in first two games. ... RBs Fozzy Whittaker and Cameron Artis-Payne combined for only 69 yards rushing, no TDs, against Vikings with Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) held out. ... QB Cam Newton's 32 career games with both passing and rushing TD most in NFL history. ... Newton was sacked eight times against Vikings. Falcons have only three sacks, but two came last week against Saints. ... WR Ted Ginn has three TD catches in last four games against Atlanta. ... DE Charles Johnson has at least one sack in four of last six games against Falcons. ... Falcons QB Matt Ryan tied for NFL lead with 119 passer rating and has four straight 300-yard games against Carolina. ... WR Justin Hardy has TD catch in two straight games. ... WR Julio Jones held to one catch by Saints last week but averaging 128.5 yards in last six home games. Jones had nine catches for 178 yards, TD, in last game against Panthers. ... DE Dwight Freeney had first sack with Falcons last week, adding to hope he can boost struggling pass rush. ... Falcons, who move to new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2017, are 15-6 against Panthers in Georgia Dome. ... Fantasy Tip: Panthers TE Greg Olsen, already Newton's favorite target, could be in line for big day. Falcons struggle to contain tight ends, including Saints' Coby Fleener, who had 109 yards receiving with TD last week.
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