The only thing hot in “Hotlanta” this season is the anger of Falcons fans due to their team’s 2013 campaign. Leading up to today’s road game against the Carolina Panthers, in fact, one EPSN commentator called the Atlanta Falcons the biggest disappointment and most under-achieving team in the NFL this year. Those aren’t normally words that would inspire someone to watch Falcons vs Panthers game online free streaming using one of several different methods below. But this matchup at Bank of America Stadium still holds some intriguing storylines.
Among the biggest of those stories is the tale of opposing quarterbacks. Falcons QB Matt Ryan was expected to make magic happen for Atlanta this season. His raw stats haven’t disappointed — 205-305 for 2,223 yards and 14 TDs — and he’s managed to pull off a #6 slot in ESPN’s QBR rankings. But the Falcons’ offensive line can’t protect Ryan or open holes for the running game, putting undue pressure on a QB who’s unable to carry a team on his own.
Panthers QB Cam Newton, meanwhile, continually finds ways to inspire fans to watch Falcons vs Panthers game online free streaming even if his numbers don’t hold a candle to Ryan’s. After starting the season 1-3, Cam Newton has been playing the best football of his career. Coupled with some solid team efforts, the Panthers have rattled off three straight wins and sit at 4-3 going into today’s Week 9 game. Newton may have only passed for 1,552 yards, but he’s run for another 229 (4.6 yards per carry average) and tossed 12 touchdowns.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Panthers’ defense is better than many may have hoped it would be. Going into today’s game, the Panthers have the third-ranked defense in the league. Their two rookie defensive tackles, Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short, have turned things around at that position for Carolina, the secondary has shored things up downfield, and Thomas Davis is playing stellar ball. Taking that third-ranked defense up against the Atlanta Falcons’ 11th-ranked offense could be entertaining, particularly seeing how Falcons QB Matt Ryan takes his fourth-ranked passing attack up against the Panthers secondary.
The Panthers secondary may also need to adjust their game plan, as Falcons wide receiver Roddy White may make it back for today’s NFL Week 9 game. Having missed the past two games with hamstring and ankle injuries, White may return against the Panthers, although he’s officially listed as a game-time decision. Still, White was reportedly running individual drills at Friday’s practice and sounded optimistic afterward that he’ll play against Carolina.
If you can’t catch the game on FOX, you can watch Falcons vs Panthers game online free streaming on the NFL’s Game Rewind website. It does require an annual fee, but once you pay it you can watch the live streaming version free of this game or any other game on the NFL schedule. Although a few pundits are picking the Falcons to come away with a “W,” most experts see the home-team Panthers marching along to victory.