Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons picks, predictions: Who wins NFL Week 8 game?

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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The Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons play on Sunday in a Week 8 NFL game.

Which team will get the victory?

Check out these NFL Week 8 picks and predictions for the game, which can be seen at 10 a.m. MST time on Fox.

The Falcons are a 2.5-point favorite in the game.

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Pro Football Network: Falcons 27, Panthers 20

Ben Rolfe writes: "After what appeared to be a promising start to the 2021 season, the Panthers are in trouble. Sam Darnold was benched in Week 7, and Carolina gave up 25 points to a Giants offense that has struggled this year. The Falcons have won two straight, but both have victories been a fight. Consequently, this should be a close game, but how do you trust the Panthers after what we have seen the last few weeks?"

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Sportsnaut: Falcons 24, Panthers 13

Andrew Buller-Russ writes: "The Falcons’ defensive front has done a bad job pressuring opposing quarterbacks in recent years. But with the Panthers in a mess of dysfunction on the field at the moment without Christian McCaffrey and after last week’s benching of Sam Darnold, this one could be closer than we recently thought. The Falcons have the better offense at this point and that will likely carry them to victory."

Draft Kings: Falcons will cover vs. Panthers in Week 8

Teddy Ricketson writes: "The Panthers are again in dire need of Christian McCaffrey to return for their offense to return to normalcy. Quarterback Sam Darnold was benched in this game and head coach Matt Rhule said that he was still their quarterback. While the Panthers' offense has sputtered, the Falcons’ has found itself. Kyle Pitts and Calvin Ridley will look to lead the Falcons to a victory to get to 4-3."

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Fansided: Falcons 27, Panthers 20

Nick Halden writes: "If Dan Quinn were still the head coach in Atlanta, the Carolina Panthers would sweep that team easily. Unfortunately for Carolina that isn’t the case. The Falcons have a new offensive head coach, someone that could see the team become much like the Panthers and head into fringe wildcard contention. Bouncing back after a dismal season allowed them to draft a rookie who will haunt the Panthers for years to come in Kyle Pitts. A player with the potential to revolutionize the tight end spot."

Sports Illustrated: Falcons will beat Panthers in Week 8

Schuyler Callihan writes: "The theme for Atlanta - start off decent, fade in the 2nd half of the season. They will win come out on top the first time around and you have to imagine that Mike Davis will be excited to play this game against the Panthers."

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Sportsnaut: Falcons 30, Panthers 24

Vincent Frank writes: "These two NFC South rivals are going to look vastly different in 2021. It’s almost as if we can throw out their matchups in recent years. For the Panthers, that includes relying on struggling young quarterback Sam Darnold to do his thing. However, it’s going to be hard for Carolina to match up here with Darnold having just recently been benched in an ugly loss to the New York Giants." Falcons have a 63% win probability

The site gives the Panthers a 37% win probability in the NFL Week 8 game.

ESPN: Panthers have a 51.2% chance to win

The site's Football Power Index gives the Falcons a 48.4% chance to pick up the victory in the Week 8 NFL game.

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