New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers: Preview and Pick
5 Replies | 592 ViewsOn 11/12/2013 04:55 PM in NFL
The Monday night football game for week 11 in the National Football League will be better than expected. When the schedule first game out, this looked like a layup for the Patriots. However, the Carolina Panthers are making a case as one of the best teams in the league. After beating the San Francisco 49ers, the Panthers defense showed they can play with anyone and will get another test on Monday night when they go up against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers Odds
The opening NFL point spread for this game have the upstart Panthers listed as (-2.5) point favorites. Although the Panthers are playing inspired football, the betting public is not buying into it as they are betting on the Patriots at a 57 percent clip according to the early betting returns. This line has yet to move, but it may change leading up to kickoff so make sure to check your top rated sports book for the latest line.
The surprising uprising from the Panthers is due to their defense. The Panthers had four consecutive blowout victories going into the Week 10 matchup, but until they could beat a top opponent on the road, there was reason to want to see more out of them. There came the belief in Sunday’s gritty 10-9 win. While from the outside, it’s easy to make Cam Newton the face of Carolina’s success, the low score was tailor made to bring attention to a no-longer well-kept secret: Their defense is off the charts good.
Coming into the game, the elite numbers were all there. The Panthers improved their No. 2 scoring defense (only Kansas City is better). They were third in total defense (yardage), second against the run, 10th against the pass and tied for third in interceptions. That is something that could spell big trouble for the Patriots on Monday night.
The latest football betting trends for this game reveal some interesting betting angles for both teams. The total has gone over in 4 of New England's last 6 games and the total has gone over in 11 of New England's last 16 games on the road. New England is 17-4 straight up in its last 21 games overall and 6-2 straight up in its last 8 games on the road. Carolina is 5-1 straight up in its last 6 games at home and New England is 1-4-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last 6 games on the road to include 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Carolina.
New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers Pick
With plenty of time to go before the start of the regular season, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.