3* Monday Night Football SMASH on Panthers -3
Carolina vs. Philadelphia,
11/26/2012 20:30 EDT,
Score: 30 - 22
Point Spread: -3/-110 Carolina
The Eagles have had trouble putting the ball in the end zone all season. Those troubles should continue with Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy sitting this one out due to concussions.
Philadelphia ranks 31st in the league in scoring with 16.2 points per game. Its lack of punch is significant because Carolina is on a 32-11 against the spread run versus poor offensive teams that average 17.0 points or less per game. If it is the second half of the season, this trend tightens up to an impressive 20-5 against the spread.
The Eagles have been the worst investment in the NFL this season by far. They are 1-8-1 against the spread. Every other team in the league has covered the number in at least three games.
The Eagles are a bad team, and bad teams tend to find ways to lose. That’s a big reason why they are 0-6-1 against the spread this season in games oddsmakers expect to be close (when the line is +3 to -3). They have lost these contests by an average score of 27.7 to 15.4.
Home has been no haven for Philadelphia backers. The Eagles are 0-4-1 against the spread at home this season and 7-18-1 against the number in their last 26 home games.
The road, meanwhile, has treated Carolina backers well. The Panthers are 3-0 against the spread in their last three and 6-2 against the number in their last eight road games. They are 5-1 against the spread in their last six road games versus teams that have a losing record at home. Take the Panthers.