TNF Preview, Week 8

NFL Odds & Picks For Falcons vs. Panthers: How To Bet the Thursday Night  Football Spread

Welcome to Week 8. It’s amazing how fast the NFL season is going. This week we have a barn-burner on Thursday Night Football featuring a pair of teams from the NFL South, the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers.

This figures to be a good game, especially for fantasy. The Falcons defense has been quite friendly, while their offense has scored plenty of points. The Panthers have been slightly better on defense, with an offense that seems to be getting better and finding rhythm each week. In other words, there could be quite a few points scored tonight, so let’s look at what to expect.

Atlanta Falcons (1-6) at Carolina Panthers (3-4)

For the visiting Falcons, the coaching change led to a win out of the gate, but the team suffered a loss on Sunday, blowing a lead again against the Lions. That seems to be the theme. But since Dan Quinn was fired following an 0-5 start, the offense has remained steady. We’ve also seen Todd Gurley as a strong fantasy value thanks to touchdowns. He’s now going against an offense that has been very kind to opposing running backs. He’s a Top 10 play for me this week.

In the passing game, Matt Ryan figures to be a Top 10 play at quarterback, while Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley are both Top 5 considerations at wide receiver. Russell Gage has flashed a few times this season, but he’s more of a WR4 for me. Hayden Hurst has been up-and-down at tight end, but the entire position is a little up-and-down. He’s an OK play this week.

For the Panthers, there had been hope that Christian McCaffrey would return from IR, but that appears to be a no go at this point. That means Mike Davis remains the workhorse, and against a poor Atlanta defense, and remains a solid play at running back. Teddy Bridgewater has been decent at quarterback, but he’s still a high-end QB2 for me.

Among receivers, Robby Anderson has been the leader in the group, but D.J. Moore is talented and exploded last week. Moore feels like the more explosive option, and I have him as a low-end WR1, with Anderson as a high-end WR2. Even Curtis Samuel, who scored a rushing touchdown last week, is an interesting deep league flex option.

Prediction: I think the Panthers win again, moving to 4-4 on the season.

Drive In Podcast League Standings

Week 7 saw my wife surge past me yet again, and she now sits in second. But Matt Bruening remains on top through seven weeks.

Matt Bruening:
Last Week:
Season: 72-33

Lindsay Fox:
Last Week
: 12-2
Season: 65-40

Matthew Fox:
Last Week:
Season: 64-41

Jacob Throneberry:
Last Week
: 10-4
Season: 62-43

Dennis Bennett:
Last Week
: 9-5
Season: 61-44

Ricky Valero
Last Week
: 5-9
Season: 55-50

Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast, a proud member of the Drive-In Podcast Network.

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