Redskins Are an Easy Sportsbook Pick over Panthers
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Before the 2016 online NFL betting season began, the majority of sportsbooks didn’t have the Washington Redskins pegged as the winners of the NFC East and now that we’re approaching the end of the season it’s clear that they were in the right by not doing so. Last season the Redskins qualified for the playoffs by clinching the NFC East, but this year even a Wild Card berth seems out of reach. At 7-5-1 the Redskins have a legitimate opportunity to win clinch a Wild Card but they would need either the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the New York Giants to suffer some losses before the season concludes. Having to rely on other teams to lose their games is not the position you want to find yourself at the end of the season, but all the Redskins can do now is focus on their Week 15 opponent.
This upcoming Monday the Washington Redskins will be welcoming the Carolina Panthers to the capital to face off at FedEx Field. Carolina will be coming into this contest with a 5-8 record as well as their win over the San Diego Chargers this past weekend. So far this season the Panthers are 1-5 on the road and the Redskins have enjoyed a 4-2 record. With that in mind, online NFL betting fans can expect the odds to be titled in Washington’s favor.
NFL Odds – Week 15 – Monday, December 19th
Carolina Panthers +6½ (-110) 50½ (-105) +230
As expected, the sportsbooks are tilting the scales in Washington’s favor. The Redskins will be coming off their intense 27-22 victory over NFC East rivals the Philadelphia Eagles. Interestingly enough, neither of these teams has lived up to their preseason expectations. The Panthers came into the season as the reigning NFC champions and the online NFL betting favorite to win the NFC South. Ultimately Carolina delivered a complete turnaround that was so devastatingly unexpected that it left many critics wondering if Cam Newton’s MVP season was a fluke. On the other hand, the Redskins weren’t exactly the favorites to win the Super Bowl, but the majority of NFL critics felt that Washington could at least qualify for the postseason. As we draw nearer and nearer to the end of the season, the Redskins playoff chances keep getting smaller and smaller.
If Washington loses this weekend they are all but out of the playoffs, so it’s safe to say they stand more to lose this Monday night. However, looking over the numbers, it’s clear that the Redskins shouldn’t have too much difficulty trying to best the Panthers. Washington will be coming into this game with the league’s 2nd best passing offense, 2nd best total offense, and 8th best scoring average. Contrasted against the Panthers’ 30th worst passing defense, 23rd worst total defense, and 26th worst average for points allotted, and it seems like sportsbook fans can expect the Redskins to deliver a blowout.