Carolina Panthers (8-0 SU, 6-2 ATS) vs. Tennessee Titans (2-6 SU, 4-4 ATS)
NFL Week 10
Date/Time:Sunday, November 15, 1:00pm
Where: Nissan Stadium Nashville, TN
by Bob, NFL Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread: CAR -4 / TEN +4
Over/Under Total: 43.5
This Sunday the unbeaten, 8-0, Carolina Panthers will take their perfect record into Nashville and take on the Tennessee Titans. Tennessee sits at 2-6 but are coming off a huge road win in overtime over the New Orleans Saints. Of course, on paper, this game should be an easy win for Carolina but this is the NFL, every player is a paid professional and like the old saying goes, Any Given Sunday!
The line opened with the Panthers as a 3.5 point favorite but now on Tuesday it is at 4.5 in favor of Carolina. This proves that the action is on the Panthers so far and after doing a little research, I have seen that 78% of the early action is riding on Cam Newton and company. If you are planning on taking the Panthers in this one, I would pounce on them as soon as possible because at this rate, I can see the line going all the way to 5.5 ot 6 in favor of the Carolina Panthers. The over under is set at 43.5 and just like the actual spread, there is a huge amount of money on one side, the over. Again, if you plan to bet Carolina or the over, get on it now. I am not saying that is where I lean, but I know some of you already have your mind made up.
As the season continues, the Carolina Panthers appear to be one of the best teams not only in the NFC but in the entire NFL. Earlier in the season I kept stating that Carolina had not really played anyone, well, they have now. At 8-0, they have won games against the Packers, Seahawks, Saints, and Eagles. Those are pretty decent wins and to be 8-0 in the NFL halfway through the season, it doesnt matter who you play, that is damn impressive. Cam Newton has played well, but it has been the Panthers run game and defense that has kept them winning. Carolina ranks 1st in the entire NFL in rushing yards totaling over 140 a game on the ground. The defense is knocking on the door as a top ten scoring D and due to the run game we mentioned earlier and the solid play of Cam, the Panthers are also top five in the NFL in scoring at almost 29 a game. This week will not be easy, no road game in the NFL is but I like the Panthers chances of going 9-0. The key will be to continue doing what they do. Solid defense, pound the rock and win. The defense will need to pressure Titans rookie QB, Marcus Mariota. If Mariota has time in the pocket he is deadly, but under pressure, he can make mistakes that will put Carolina in easy scoring positions.
Tennessee was on a six game skid until they went into the Superdome and upset the Saints in overtime by a 34-28 score. The Titans recently fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt after a horrid 1-6 start and Mike Mularkey took over as the interim. Mularkey isnt your typical interim coach, he has plenty of head coach experience in this league and from the looks of last week, the team responded well. Statistically, the Titans are pretty average. They rank 27th in scoring offense but this can somewhat be blamed on the fact that Marcus Mariota missed a few games due to an injury he suffered against the Dolphins. I believe if he plays all season, they are ranked in the top 10-12 in the league, but that is just my opinion. The key to this weekend for the Titans is to play a solid game on both sides of the ball. This Carolina team is legit, and I am starting to think could be the favorite to not just win the NFC but the Super Bowl. There is no area in which I think Tennessee has the advantage, but if they can keep this game within striking distance like they did in New Orleans, anything can happen.
What a tough game to pick. Carolina is the obvious favorite and the 4.5 seems like a pure chalk pick, but Tennessee has new life and they are home. I think Carolina wins this game, but I actually think they will be the ones coming back late. I like the Carolina Panthers to score a late touchdown and pull this game out 27-24 in the final moments. But that means one thingtake the Titans to cover the 4.5.
Bobs Pick to Cover the Point Spread: Take the Tennessee Titans +4.5 and also take OVER the posted total of 43.5 combined points!
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