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Oakland vs. Carolina, 12/23/2012 13:00
Point Spread: -8½/-110 Carolina
Carolina Panthers -8.5
The Panthers have underachieved this season but don't expect them to take their foot off the gas pedal now that they have it going. They followed up a double-digit win over the NFC-leading Atlanta Falcons with a 31-7 victory over the San Diego Chargers last week. Look for them to deliver a third straight double-digit win over an Oakland team that has struggled on the road.
The Raiders are 1-5 on the road this season and have lost their last two road games by 35 and 24 points, respectively. Four of their road defeats have come by 22 points or more.
Cam Newton is in a groove and should have little trouble taking advantage of an Oakland stop unit that ranks dead last in scoring defense with 28.7 points allowed per game and 25th in total defense with 370.8 yards allowed per contest.
Newton has an NFL-best 113.1 passer rating over the last four weeks and has thrown nine touchdowns with no picks during this span.
Carolina is a perfect 6-0 ATS in the second half of the schedule the last three seasons versus poor teams that carrying a winning percentage of 25.0 to 40.0 percent. The Panthers have won these games by an average score of 31.5 to 16.7. Lay the points.