Opponent: Carolina Panthers
Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta
Time: 1 p.m.
Point Spread (Danny Sheridan's odds as published in USA Today): Atlanta is favored by 7 with an over of 48
Key Offensive Match-up: Following the Panthers' 36-7 loss to the New York Giants last Thursday, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera singled out rookie cornerback Josh Norman for what he thought was subpar play. The Falcons possess one of the NFL's top receiving tandems in Julio Jones and Roddy White, which could be a bad sign for the Panthers if Norman does not pick up his play. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan has the NFL's top passer rating at 114.0 entering Sunday and is mature enough to know how to find the weak spot in a defense. Jones suffered a lacerated hand last week at San Dieog, but returned to the game and caught some balls. If he is healthy and effective, the Falcons could have an easily winnable matchup there.
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