ATLANTA (1-6) at Carolina (3-4), 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon. Matt Ryan vs. Teddy Bridgewater. They meet again.

This time, it’s Atlanta’s turn to make the 245-mile, 4-hour trip up I-85 as they face off against divisional rival Carolina to open action in week seven. Both NFC South teams took close losses in last Sunday’s action.

Once again, Atlanta suffered another loss in the closing seconds, this time losing to Matthew Stafford and the Detorit Lions 23-23 at Mercedes Benz Stadium in the Big Peach. Atlanta led 14-10 at the intermission, then trailed 16-14 with 64 seconds left in the contest when they would reclaim the lead on a 10-yard TD run by Todd Gurley. After Ryan and Calvin Ridley connected on a two-point try, the Lions stormed back, using all of the 64 seconds left to them by going on an 8-play, 75-yard drive to score the game tying TD when Stafford and TE T.J. Hockerson connected on a 11-yard TD toss as the clock struck :00. Matt Prater’s extra point afterward would give the Lions the road win.

Atlanta out-rushed Detroit 66-64 with Gurley leading the way with 63 yards and two TDs; Ryan threw for 338 yards and a TD to Ridley (who also had the two-point try), while Stafford threw for 340 yards and the game-tying TD (both men were sacked twice and neither threw an interception). Atlanta was 7 of 14 on third down, 1 of 2 on fourth down and held on to the ball for 30:45, while the Lions held the pigskin for 29:15 (including the final 64 seconds of the contest), going 3 of 10 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down.

Carolina’s chances to send their contest with New Orleans into overtime fell short as the Panthers fell to the Saints 27-24 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome last Sunday. Carolina led briefly 17-14 with 97 seconds left before the half on a 7-yard TD pass from Bridgewater to WR D.J. Moore before the Saints took the lead back before the intermission when Drew Brees and WR Maurice Harris connected on a 4-yard TD toss. Carolina would re-tie the contest with eight seconds to go in the third on a 5-yard run by Curtis Samuel. Things would stay tied until the 7:55 mark of the fourth quarter when Wil Lutz gave New Orleans the lead back with a 43 yard field. Carolina got the ball back, using 11 plays to get themselves to the Saints’ 47-yard line, where Jeff Slye’s 65-yard attempt (which would have been the longest had been sucessful) just missed the crossbar and fell short. New Orleans got the ball and ran out the clock to take the win.

New Orleans out-rushed the Panthers 138-37 with Saints RB Alvin Kamara leading the way with 83 yards; against his old team, Bridgewater threw for 254 yards, while Brees, with a rushing TD in the contest, threw for 287 yards (each man was sacked once, each threw a TD and neither man threw an interception). Both teams did quite well on third down tries; the Saints were 12 of 14, while the Panthers were 6 of 9 (neither team had a fourth down try) and the clock was on the side of the Saints, who held the ball for 34:41, while the Panthers held on to the pigskin for 25:19.

The meeting in the Tar Heel State in a rematch of their week five contest in Atlanta that saw Brigewater and Carolina leave the Big Peach 23-16 winners. In that affair, the Panthers erased a 7-3 deficit at the end of the first quarter and proceeded to take matters into their own paws, outscoring Atlanta 20-9 in the final 45 minutes of play.

Atlanta managed to out-rush Carolina 166-124 with Gurley leading all rushers with 121 yards and a TD, while Carolina was led by Mikr Davis with 89 yards. Bridgewater threw for 313 yards and a pair of TDs (one to Davis), while Ryan threw for 226 with the game’s only interception in Carolina territory that ended an Atlanta drive (Ryan was sacked twice in the contest). Carolina went 6 of 12 on third down conversions and the Panthers ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 33:06, while Atlanta was 6 of 13 on third down, 1 of 1 on fourth down and kept the ball for 26:54.

In the week week five affair in the Big Peach, Atlanta was favored by 1 1/2 and Carolina’s 7-point road win allowed them to cover the spread. As for the 54 over/under? It stayed intact, as the two teams combined for 39 points. This time, the boys and girls in Vegas like Carolina as a 2 1/2-point favorite in the Tar Heel State with a 49 over/under. Atlanta’s looking for revenge from their loss to their NFC South rivals in their building, while the Panthers want Atlanta to know that the first time was not a fluke. Revenge wins out Thursday night. Atlanta covers the 2 1/2 and wins in the Tar Heel State.

Broadcast Information – 8:20 p.m. on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Brandon Gaudin, Tony Boselli; SIRIUS: 81 (ATLANTA), 83 (Carolina); XM: 226 (ATLANTA), 225 (Carolina), 88 (National)

Referee: Shawn Hochuli

Injury Report

OUT: DE Takkarist McKinley (groin)

DOUBTFUL: T Russell Okung (calf)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Marquis Haynes (knee), DT Zach Kerr (toe), G John Miller (ankle), DE Efe Obada (back)

Weather: Overcast with a 50 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms and 74 degrees

Broadcast information, officials and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel.