Great NFC Online Football Betting Matchup
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
The Panthers are putting forth a very respectable effort so far in 2017. After coming off a 6-10 season in 2016, online sportsbooks were uncertain as to what we could expect out of Carolina this year. But looking over the Panthers’ current track record, a win over the Buffalo Bills and a massive upset over the New England Patriots, it’s clear that the 2017 Panthers can ball.
This Sunday, Cam Newton and company will be traveling to the Motor City to take on the Detroit Lions. The Lions are a formidable team and a win over them would further cement the Panthers as a frontrunner in the NFC. Let’s take a look at what NFL betting sites are predicting for this weekend’s action.
Carolina Panthers vs. Detroit Lions – Sunday, October 8th
When: 1:00 pm ET
Where: Ford Field, Detroit
Stream: Fox Sports Go, NFL Game Pass
Online Football Betting Odds:
Carolina Panthers +2 ½ (-107) 43 ½ (-105) +126
Detroit Lions -2 ½ (-113) 43 ½ (-115) -146
At 3-1, Carolina is currently tied with the Atlanta Falcons for the lead in the NFC South. The Panthers are coming off their biggest win of the season this past Sunday, as they managed to march into Foxborough and defeat Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in their home court. Leading into this Sunday’s contest, one would think that Carolina is locked in onto their opponent. However, it’s clear that there are some other online football betting dilemmas keeping the Panthers distracted.
This Wednesday, during a press conference, starting quarterback Cam Newton made some backhand comments towards a female reporter that has thrown the team into the spotlight. Specifically, after asking a question regarding passing patterns, Newton wryly replied “It’s funny to hear a female talking about routes.”
While some might read that comment with a lighthearted undertone, it’s clear that it comes from a place of bigotry. Which is ironic, considering the struggles Newton has had against stereotypes in his own life. There was a time when people thought that African Americans were not intelligent enough to play the quarterback position. That sentiment is asinine, obviously. But it is disheartening to see someone in Newton’s position treat someone in a way that he would not like to be treated as.
The Lions march into this weekend’s contest with a 3-1 record that ties them with the Green Bay Packers for the online football betting lead in the NFC North. Detroit made the playoffs last season via a Wild Card and are on path to doing the same this season. The Lions are coming off a 14-7 win over division rivals, the Minnesota Vikings, which should come in hand later on down the road.
The Lions are pegged as the favorites this Sunday, which is surprising considering how well the Panthers defend the pass. Detroit isn’t exactly a pass-first team, but a lot of their wins last season came at the hands of Matt Stafford. This Sunday, Stafford will have to get it done against the NFL’s No. 8th pass defense.