NFL Prop Bets Payday: 5 Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers prop predictions
The Atlanta Falcons (1-6) and Carolina Panthers (3-4) meet at Bank of America Stadium for an 8:20 p.m. ET Thursday Night Football kickoff in their second of two head-to-head clashes this season. Below, we give you five prop bet predictions to consider for the Falcons-Panthers Week 8 Thursday Night Football matchup from the BetMGM game menu.
Falcons at Panthers prop bets to make for Thursday Night Football
Falcons WR Julio Jones 80+ receiving yards and 6+ receptions (+250)
Jones missed the Week 5 game against the Panthers, but he has returned from injury to put up 137 and 97 yards in each of the last two games, respectively, with eight catches in each outing. He has also averaged 92.7 yards per game against the rival Panthers over his career.
Panthers RB Mike Davis OVER 59.5 rushing yards (-112)
Davis has a favorable rushing line after going for a season-high 89 yards in the 23-16 win over the Falcons in Week 5. He's coming off just a 12-yard performance which was his lowest total in five starts to date, as were his seven carries. The Panthers are 2-point betting favorites so should have a favorable game script. Look for them to lean on Davis and the rushing attack.
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Panthers WR Curtis Samuel OVER 39.5 receiving yards (-112)
Samuel returned from a one-game absence last week to catch all six of his targets for 48 yards in the 27-24 loss to the New Orleans Saints. He played just 48% of the offensive snaps. He has caught a career-best 86.2% of his targets on the season and is averaging 8.0 yards per target. Another 6-8 looks in Week 8 easily gets him to the Over.
Falcons QB Matt Ryan OVER 24.5 pass completions (-134)
Ryan completed just 21 of 37 attempts in the Week 5 clash with Carolina. He finished with a season-low 226 passing yards. Since the firing of head coach Dan Quinn, Ryan has attempted 40-plus passes in back-to-back games and had at least 30 completions in each outing. He'll continue leaning on Jones and WR Calvin Ridley in favorable man-to-man matchups Thursday.
Panthers TE Chris Manhertz to score a touchdown (+900)
Manhertz has been targeted just five times this season and has four catches for 35 yards; however, he has played at least 43% of the offensive snaps in each game. The Falcons have given up a league-high eight touchdowns to opposing tight ends. Take the higher payout with Manhertz over Ian Thomas (+400) after both were held without a catch by the Falcons in their first meeting.
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