Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings: Preview and Pick
11 Replies | 438 ViewsOn 10/07/2013 04:19 PM in NFL
This Sunday when week six of the NFL regular season kicks off, it will feature two teams that are looking to get a big win and get back on track. The Carolina Panthers are off a very bad loss to the Arizona Cardinals and with a coach on the hot seat, the team is struggling to find chemistry on the field. The Minnesota Vikings love their coach, but they were not confident in their quarterback after some injuries and they went out and acquired Josh Freeman who was a free agent after being cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings Odds
The NFL betting line for this game opened up with the Vikings listed as (-2) point favorites, most due to their home dome advantage in this game. After the ugly loss against the Cardinals, the public started betting on the Vikings in this contest. Over 80 percent of the early wagers coming in are backing the purple home team and it has caused a line shift. The line can now be found at (-2.5) at most of the top rated online sportsbooks.
The Panthers lost starting left guard Amini Silatolu with a knee injury in the third quarter against Arizona, but they will have to do a better job of protecting Cam Newton. All of Cam Newton's sacks and interceptions Sunday came against at least five pass rushers. The Cardinals used such pressure 60% of the time against Newton, who had already faced at least five rushers on a league-high 44% of drop backs entering the game. The Vikings will bring the heat in this game.
Check the latest news leading up to the game to see if the Vikings will be starting the newly acquired Freeman at quarterback.
The latest football betting trends for this game reveal some interesting wagering angles for the football betting fan to consider. The total has gone under in 6 of Minnesota's last 7 games when playing at home against Carolina, but the total has gone over in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games at home. Minnesota is 5-2 straight up in its last 7 games when playing at home against Carolina and 4-1 straight up in the dome over the last five games overall. This is a tough spot for the Panthers who are just 7-17-1 straight up in the last 25 games on the NFL highway.
Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings Pick
With plenty of time to go before kickoff of this week, I will wait to announce my pick when we get closer to game day. Check back the day of the event for my pick on this great game.