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12-09-2012 11:15

Can Carolina’s Cam Newton outperform Matt Ryan’s 11-1 Falcons in the Rain

by Chris Lovi - Columnist NFLWeather.com | 12-09-2012 11:15

Another game to keep an eye on is the NFC South rivalry between the 11-1 Atlanta Falcons and the 3-9 Carolina Panthers. Although their records might not necessarily reflect it, this is going to be a good game to watch. Carolina played the Falcons tough in the Georgia Dome last time these two teams met and the Panthers have played opponents well in their home stadium this year. NFLWeather.com forecasts a 30% chance of showers, mainly before kickoff with a high near 70. Rough weather and slick fields mean that anything could happen Sunday.

As weird as it may sound with only one loss, the Atlanta Falcons are in a bit of a slump. Despite winning games, quarterback Matt Ryan has been scraping by. Ryan threw five interceptions last game against the Saints but their defense was able to keep them in the game. If the Panthers can throw Matty Ice off his game as the Saints did, they will have a good chance to keep this one close. However, the Carolina Panthers are outmatched in the secondary and will have to rely on Mother Nature to slow down the Falcons passing attack.

Carolina’s offense has finally begun to click. Despite suffering a loss in Kansas City last week, Cam Newton threw for three touchdowns and no interceptions. Despite the Falcons ability to rush the passer, Cam Newton has shown that he can get the ball out in time to his receivers.  Expect shorter passes out of the playbook this week and a heavier dose of D’Angelo Williams in an effort to keep Atlanta’s offense off the field.

According to NFLWeather.com’s Historical Analytics, the Falcons beat the Eagles earlier this season in a not always sunny Philadelphia whereas the Panthers lost to the Bucs in a rainy Tampa back in September. If the Panthers secondary can limit the damage, expect this game to be a close and relatively high scoring.



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