NE Likely to Blow Out Panthers this NFL Betting WeekendPosted by: Charlie Smith
The New England Patriots opened the 2017 online NFL betting season as online sportsbook favorites to win the Vince Lombardi trophy this season. But after the Patriots were embarrassed at home by the Kansas City Chiefs in their season debut, many players who bet NFL online felt that there was a little too much surrounding New England. After all, winning back to back titles is easier said than done and Tom Brady is starting to get up there in age. But since then, the Pats have rebounded stronger than anyone could’ve predicted and they are once more the favorites to win it all. However, will this Sunday’s game against the Panthers change that?
Carolina Panthers vs. New England Patriots – Sunday, October 1st
When: 1:00 pm ET
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Online NFL Betting Odds:
Carolina Panthers +8 (-110) 49 (-110)
New England Patriots -8 (-110) 49 (-110)
After finishing 2016 with a disappointing 6-10 record to finish last in the NFC South, online sportsbooks weren’t sure what they could expect from the Panthers this season. Moreover, Carolina had been crippled by issues in the secondary all season long last year. So seeing the Panthers enter this Week 4 matchup sporting the league’s 3rd best pass defense is a bombshell to say the least. And despite having such a high-ranking secondary, Carolina will need an even better effort from their defense if they are to upset Brady and the NFL’s No. 1 passing offense.
The money line has yet to come out but the 8-point spread line makes it clear that the Panthers will be the heavy underdogs come Sunday. Carolina is coming off a tough loss to their NFC South rivals, the New Orleans Saints. The Saints were winless up until that point and the biggest take away from the 34-13 finish is how lackluster the Panther’s offense looked. Carolina should not have had a problem running up the scoreboard on the Saints’ secondary, which is one of the worst in the league.
Instead, Cam Newton threw 3 interceptions, giving Drew Brees the ball on a very short field. Versus Brees, it doesn’t matter how good your defense is: if you give him a short field he’ll make you pay.
New England Patriots
Most online NFL betting players feel like the Patriots have already hit their stride, which is scary considering that it’s only Week 4. Brady comes into this weekend’s contest with a near flawless 121.5 passer rating after throwing for over 1,000 yards, 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Like a fine wine, it seems that the greatest quarterback the league has ever seen only gets better with age.
Despite the fact that they have such talent at the quarterback position, the Pats are far from unbeatable. However, if you are to upset New England, you’re going to have to bully their defense. And judging by the fact that Carolina couldn’t even bully a defense as pitiful as the Saints, don’t expect them to get much this Sunday against Bill Belichick’s squad.