If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Sunday when the Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers meet at Bank of America Stadium.
Oddsmakers currently have the Falcons listed as 3½-point favorites versus the Panthers, while the game's total is sitting at 47½.
Last time out for Atlanta, they were a 23-13 winner as they battled the Saints at home. The Falcons covered in the match as a 3.5-point favorite, while 36 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.
In their last action, Carolina was a 27-21 loser on the road against the Chiefs. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (48) was profitable news for OVER bettors.
Atlanta has won 3 straight games.
Atlanta: 11-1 SU, 7-4-1 ATS
Carolina: 3-9 SU, 5-7 ATS
ATLANTA MOST RECENTLY:
When playing in December are 7-3
When playing on grass are 7-3
After being outgained are 9-1
When playing within the division are 6-4
CAROLINA MOST RECENTLY:
When playing in December are 5-5
When playing on grass are 3-7
After outgaining opponent are 4-6
When playing within the division are 3-7
A FEW TRENDS TO CONSIDER:
Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Carolina
Atlanta is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
Atlanta is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Carolina's last 17 games when playing at home against Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Carolina's last 6 games
Carolina is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Atlanta
Carolina is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Atlanta
Atlanta home to NY Giants, Sunday, December 16
Carolina at San Diego, Sunday, December 16