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How To Bet On Raiders Panthers – Raiders Fly Across The Country, Hoping For Progress

Posted by Tony Bryant on 12/18/2012 5:42:45 PM

The Oakland Raiders are no longer able to play the Kansas City Chiefs this season. That fact alone makes their game in Charlotte this weekend a very challenging proposition.

Oakland Raiders @ Carolina Panthers – Sunday, December 23   
NFL betting line: Carolina -9.5

Why Oakland Will Win

When an online casino flourishes, it does so because it takes advantage of the volatility of the odds, a level of uncertainty that plays to the advantage of the house, not the casual bettor who thinks he's about to make a steal. The thing to realize about the Carolina Panthers is that they're not as attractive a betting option as you might think.

The Panthers did crush the San Diego Chargers on the road this past weekend, but one has to remember that the Panthers are defined by their inconsistency. The same team that throttled San Diego and beat the Atlanta Falcons the week before is also the team that gave up 27 points to the anemic Kansas City Chiefs in a road loss a few weeks earlier. The Chiefs are the one team the Oakland Raiders reliably defeated this past season. Oakland completed a two-game sweep of the Chiefs this past Sunday, pitching a 15-0 shutout in a game that wasn't even that close.

The Raiders didn't allow a single first down to the Chiefs until the third quarter. They totally dominated Kansas City in each of the two meetings between the teams this season. For perspective, the 27 points Carolina allowed to Kansas City was more than the total number of points the Raiders allowed to the Chiefs in two games. Carolina does have a lot of talent, but the Panthers are in many ways a cruel tease, one of the most underachieving squads in the NFL. The Raiders just need a few turnovers from a self-sabotaging Carolina offense, and away they will go, frolicking in a road win over the Panthers.

Why Carolina Will Win

In the high-stakes poker contest that is the NFL, you have to have a big-time presence in the pocket, and in this contest, there's no question that Carolina is the winner. Cam Newton has endured an erratic season, but in the past two weeks against Atlanta and San Diego, he has put his best foot forward. What you're seeing from Carolina right now is the result of a team that no longer feels pressure to perform.

The playoffs ceased to be a realistic possibility a month ago, so now this team – which stumbled so badly in September and October – is finding itself. This is a depressing reality in the larger run of things, but it is impressive in the short term. Carolina is playing without fear or anxiety, and since Oakland's quarterback situation is a mess with Carson Palmer trying to fend off Terrelle Pryor for the starting job, Newton should be able to outclass the opposition.

Who Will Win

It’s possible that Oakland – a team that upset the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this season – could put up a fight, but the Raiders are so lost on offense that Carolina should win big.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Carolina


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