Green Bay Packers vs. Carolina Panthers Heralds Rodgers’ Return

Posted by: Charlie Smith

NFL betting online players who have been following the Packers’ 2017 season know it’s been one heck of a rollercoaster. Firstly, the Packers got off to a great start by going 4-1 in their first 5 of the season. However, things took a sharp turn for the worse when Aaron Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone. Most betting sportsbook pundits agreed that Green Bay’s season was over. But somehow, the Pack has managed to hang on. And by the looks of it, just in time for this Sunday’s Green Bay Packers vs. Carolina Panthers matchup.

This Sunday will mark Rodgers’ fated return to the gridiron. Anyone who has followed No. 12 throughout his career knows that the two-time MVP is significantly better when there’s a chip on his shoulder. The kind of chip that sitting on your rear-end for 8 weeks provides. So, needless to say, the Panthers have got to prepare to face one ticked off future Hall of Famer this weekend. What kind of chances are the teaser sports betting odds giving the home team this Sunday?

Green Bay Packers vs. Carolina Panthers – Sunday, December 17th

When: 1:00 pm ET

Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

TV: Fox

Stream: Fox Sports Go, NFL Game Pass

NFL Betting Online Odds:

Green Bay Packers +3 (-115)           47 (-110)

Carolina Panthers -3 (-105)  47 (-110)

Green Bay Packers

At 7-6, the Packers have somehow managed to hang on to their playoff hopes. In fact, a win over the Panthers would place Green Bay in an extremely favorable spot. At the current time, the Packers are the NFC’s 9th seed. All Green Bay needs to do to make the playoff cut this season is break the top-6. Technically, the Packers could win the North if the Vikings close out the season with a 3-game losing streak. But given how unlikely that is, the Packers will focus on a Wild Card berth.

It’s important to realize that the Packers need to jump over the Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons to get into the playoffs. This seems like a ton of challenges to overcome. However, Green Bay already beat the Seahawks once this season and they’ll face Detroit in a couple of weeks. And while the Falcons own a tie-breaker over the Pack, Atlanta has a tough schedule ahead of them. Ultimately, there are several scenarios for the Packers to make the playoffs. But every single one of them involves Green Bay defeating Carolina this NFL betting online weekend.

Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton & Co. will be looking to pick up the team’s 10th win of the season in this Sunday’s Green Bay Packers vs. Carolina Panthers matchup. At 9-4, Carolina is also a frontrunner to make the playoffs this season. Additionally, NFL sportsbooks are pegging the Panthers as the favorites this weekend. Carolina unquestionably wields the better defense in this matchup, but will it be enough to deter a ticked-off Rodgers? Considering the incredible talent No. 12 wields, that seems highly unlikely.