Here’s how you can watch Sunday’s division matchup in Week 4 between the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons.
On Sunday Oct. 2, the Carolina Panthers travel to the Georgia Dome for an important NFC South clash with the division leading Atlanta Falcons. As reigning NFC champs, the Panthers are looking to even up their record at 2-2 after a rare home upset vs. the Vikings in Week 3. The Falcons lead the division at 2-1, fresh off dismantling another NFC South rival, the New Orleans Saints, on Monday Night Football.
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Atlanta is off to strong start, as they followed a close 31-24 home loss to Tampa Bay in Week 1 with a 35-28 road win at Oakland in Week 2 and a more decisive home result against the Saints, beating their defense-deficient rival 45-32. Quarterback Matt Ryan is having a bounce-back season through three games, ranking fourth in the league with 970 passing yards while sporting an impressive 7-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The team is first in total offense at 448 yards per game, as the running back tandem of Devonta Freeman and Tevon Coleman has done well in supplementing the pass game.
Carolina is off to a rough start by its standards, as they have managed one home win vs. lowly San Francisco in Week 2 (46-27), sandwiched between tough losses to defending Super Bowl champion Denver (21-20) and an upstart Minnesota squad (22-10). The Panthers are dealing with an injury to starting running back Jonathan Stewart, who will miss his second straight game against the Falcons. Cam Newton has been plagued by five interceptions through three games, but the defense has remained mostly elite allowing 273 total yards per game, third best in the league through three weeks.
A Falcons win can create some early separation in the division, as the 0-3 Saints are facing the Chargers on the road, while the 1-2 Bucs have a tough home matchup against the Broncos. The Panthers have a lot of time to regain their Super Bowl contender form, but could really benefit from a big division win on the road as they will face the Bucs and Saints in the subsequent two weeks. The teams split their 2015 regular season matchups, with the Panthers winning 38-0 and the Falcons 20-13, both home victories.