Found December 13, 2012 on
There are only so many chances you can give a team, especially if that team is the Atlanta Falcons.
One week after holding off a late push from the New Orleans Saints, the Falcons went on the road looking to send a message against the lowly Carolina Panthers. Instead, the Panthers drubbed the Falcons, with Cam Newton running wild over a defenseless Atlanta defense.
The Falcons lost outright, and saw their record as favorites against the spread drop to 5-5-1. The NESN.com NFL picks podcasters — Mike Cole and Ricky Doyle — aren’t falling for that again this week, especially with the New York Giants heading south to take on the Dirty Birds in the Georgia Dome.
See all of the Week 15 picks below, and listen to the guys defend those picks and chat about pigskin in the podcast at the bottom.
Home teams in caps and lines courtesy of Bovada.lv.
Cincinnati (-4) over PHILADELPHIA
Green Bay (-3) over CHICAGO
New York Giants (+1) over ATLANTA
NEW ORLEANS (-3.5) over Tampa Bay
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Isaac Newton once wrote “For every action, there is a reaction.” and no quarterback has had a bigger reaction from fans or foes than Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. Even after winning the Heisman Trophy in 2010 and NCAA Football Championship in 2011. Newton has been compared to everything from Jamarcus Russell to Ben Roethlisberger, but Cam Newton is Cam Newton and...
At 4-9, the Carolina Panthers’ season looks far different now than most fans would have imagined in August. Coming off a 2011 season that was full of improvement and optimism, the sky was the limit for the Panthers. Cam Newton, a rookie quarterback, was the team’s most valuable player, and he proved to be the centerpiece of the organization moving forward. The Panthers...
Cam Newton and the Panthers controlled every aspect of the game this past Sunday.Newton had quite possibly his best game as a pro.He threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns while adding another 116 yards on the ground with another touchdown. Cam led his Panthers to their first victory over the Falcons since 2009 and showed Panthers fans that they do have a reason to be excited for...
Panthers' rookie linebacker Luke Kuechly has grown accustomed to winning awards and with the way he's currently playing more could soon be on the way.
Kuechly leads the NFL with 131 tackles and is making a strong push for defensive rookie of the year honors. Kuechly had 16 tackles this past Sunday as the Panthers held the Falcons to 35 yards rushing in a 30-20 victory earning...
(CAR) Cam Newton vs. (SD) – Newton has been amazing for fantasy owners lately including scoring three touchdowns in week fourteen in a win over the Falcons, and should be able do something similar this coming weekend against the Chargers. The Chargers just allowed Big Ben, returning from substantial injuries to throw for almost 300 yards and three touchdowns; I...
Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart is out for Sunday's game against San Diego with an ankle injury.Fantasy Spin:Stewart suffered a left high-ankle sprain and has missed Carolina's last two games. Coach Ron Rivera said Brandon LaFell was closer to returning than Stewart and with a healthy DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert there was no reason to rush Stewart back into the lineup.
Panthers receiver Brandon LaFell (foot, toe) is questionable for Sunday's game against San Diego. Coach Ron Rivera called it 50-50 when asked about the chance of Lafell playing.Fantasy Spin:Not only does LaFell have a turf toe injury, he's also dealing with a chipped bone in his foot. Louis Murphy will start if LaFell is inactive and caught five balls for 36 yards last week.
Veteran wide receiver Steve Smith is showing no signs of slowing down as he continues his march toward possibly becoming the first Panther in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Smith's latest 100-yard receiving game Sunday against Atlanta was the 43rd of his career, putting him in the top 10 in NFL history.
He currently ranks 26th all-time in yards receiving and 32nd in receptions...
There was something of a controversy that came about following the Panthers' upset victory over the Falcons last Sunday, when Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy told Falcons players to "get the f**k off our field."
Proving payback is indeed a female dog, it was the same comment quarterback Matt Ryan made after Atlanta's Week 4 win.
Though, as we've come...
Following the Carolina Panthers’ 30-20 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy had some unfriendly words for the Falcons players when telling them to get off the field. Hardy made the comments as a direct response to Matt Ryan, who the Panthers say was disrespectful to them after the two teams met earlier this season.
As you can see in this video...
Last week: 27 (+2)
Net points per drive: -0.38 (24th)
DVOA: -1.6% (16th)
Weighted DVOA: -1.4% (16th)
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