Week 6 Picks: Panthers eye first road win today at Atlanta

The Carolina Panthers are getting a lot more mileage out of No. 1 overall draft selection Cam Newton a lot earlier than expected.

The rookie QB is putting up big numbers all over the stat sheet, but not so much in the win column as Carolina enters today’s game at Atlanta at 1-4.

But the Falcons aren’t exactly burning it up either, giving Carolina a legit shot to claim its first road victory of the season today.

Newton knows his way around the Georgia Dome. He led Auburn to the SEC championship game last year, when he pounded South Carolina to advance to the national championship game.

The Panthers opened the season at Arizona, where Newton led Auburn to the BCS national championship then had a 400-plus yard passing game there in the season opener.

Look for him to conjure up the Georgia Dome spirits of football past and pass the Panthers past the Falcons today. … Panthers (+4) 27, Falcons 24.

In other games:

Green Bay (-14) 34, St. Louis 10
Pittsburgh (-12.5) 27, Jacksonville 6
Washington (+3) 24, Philadelphia 20
Detroit (-4) 27, San Francisco 24
Cincinnati (-3) 23, Indianapolis 17
Buffalo (+3) 24, New York Giants 21
Oakland (-6) 23, Cleveland 20
Baltimore (-7) 28, Houston 17
New England (-6.5) 31, Dallas 24
New Orleans (-5) 24, Tampa Bay 20
Chicago (-3) 27, Minnesota 20
New York Jets (-7.5) 24, Miami 13

Last week: 8-5 overall, 6-7 against the spread; Season: 53-24 overall, 46-30-1

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