12/23/2012 10:14 AM
Matchup: Oakland Raiders at Carolina Panthers
Spread: Panthers minus-8.5
Public consensus pick: 63 percent picked Panthers
Public perception: It's surprising seeing the Panthers getting so much support, especially laying this many points, but they are playing the Raiders, who -- despite last week's 15-0 win over the Chiefs -- are still only 4-10 against the spread.
Wiseguys' view: This is going to be one of the most popular teaser games this week with sharp bettors taking the Panthers through the key numbers of 3 and 7. Other favorites they'll hook them up with will be the Colts and Texans (Saints, Ravens and Chargers for underdog teasers).
Tuley's Take: The Raiders have burned me several times, but there's no way the Panthers should be laying this many points against anyone. Yes, they beat the Falcons and Chargers the last two weeks, but don't forget they lost to the Chiefs team that the Raiders just manhandled. The pick: Raiders.