Monday Night Football Preview: New England Patriots vs. Carolina Panthers
New England Patriots vs. Carolina Panthers
Monday, 11/18/13, 5:40 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Carolina -2.5
Current Betting Line: Carolina -3
Opening Total: 44
Current Total: 46
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
New England returns to action after a bye week, as it looks to push its winning streak to three games, which includes a 55-31 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers as 5.5-point home favorites on Nov. 3. The Patriots are 24-1 SU in the second half of the regular season since 2010, which is important to consider when making your NFL betting picks for this primetime affair. A victory in this spot would guarantee the franchise a record of .500 or better for the 13th consecutive year. New England is 2-1 SU and 3-0 ATS as an underdog the last two-plus seasons, with all three games going OVER the betting total.
The Patriots own an NFL-best 36-13 record in the month of November since 2001, which is hard to ignored when looking over the pro football odds page. New England is also a dominating 42-9 against NFC teams during the regular season since 2001, while it possesses a 25-14 all-time record against the four teams that make up the NFC South division. Long time head coach Bill Belichick is 16-8 all-time on Monday Night Football, including a 15-5 mark during his time with New England. It’s important to point out that quarterback Tom Brady has won 13 of his 17 opportunities when being featured on the broadcast.
Carolina has won and covered the number in its last five games, including a 10-9 upset victory over the San Francisco 49ers as six-point road underdogs on Nov. 10, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive contest. The Panthers have one of the better stop units in the league, as the group is allowing just 12.8 points per game. “They’re one of the best defenses in the NFL,” stated Brady in a press conference earlier this week. Carolina is 2-4 SUATS as home favorites of three points or less since 2011.
The Panthers will need a big performance out of their rushing attack, as the Patriots are allowing 128.2 yards per game on the ground—the third-worst mark in the league. Carolina is also capable of moving the ball through the air with quarterback Cam Newton completing 67.4 percent of his passes during the team’s current winning streak.
Sports bettors will likely back the Patriots due to their 5-0 ATS mark on Mondays.
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