Panthers Chiefs Odds
On Sunday the Carolina Panthers will visit the Kansas City Chiefs. The Panthers are coming off a big Monday night victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Kansas City is coming off a very good game against the Broncos, but weren’t able to pull off the upset.
Cam Newton looked like the rookie sensation on Monday night against the Eagles throwing for 306 yards on 18-28 throwing and 2 touchdowns. He also ran the ball 14 times for 52 yards and 2 more scores. In that big win, Jonathan Stewart hurt his ankle and his status for Sunday is unsure. Brandon LaFell looked like the receiver from earlier in the year catching 3 balls for 74 yards and an easy touchdowns.
For the Chiefs their defense really stepped up allowing just 17 points to Peyton Manning and the Broncos. Jamaal Charles looked like himself carrying the ball 23 times for 107 yards. Dwayne Bowe lead all KC receivers with 4 catches for 41 yards. I think the big reason for their success on Sunday was that they only turned it over once. This game is a huge game for the Panthers as they look to get 2 in a row. The Chiefs on the other hand are seeing who will be back next year. Right now the Panthers are -3 for this match up and the total is set at 40.5.
Reasons why the Panthers should cover:
Cam Newton. The Chiefs haven’t faced a true mobile quarterback this season. They rank 24th against the run allowing 126.1 yards on the ground per game. With or without Jonathan Stewart the Panthers will still have success on the ground with Newton and Williams. With the run game having success it should open up the passing attack where the Chiefs are actually pretty good, ranked 10th in the NFL allowing just 219.9 yards through the air per game.
Cam Newton has thrown for 2,701 yards this season completing 189 of 328 attempts and 11 touchdowns. He also leads the team in rushing with 446 yards on 88 carries and 6 touchdowns.
Steve Smith is slowly starting to look like himself. On the season he has 48 catches for 770 yards, but just 1 touchdown. The bad thing for the Panthers in this game is their defense is bad against the run allowing 126.2 yards/game. They are good against the pass though, but the Chiefs don’t have a passing game.
The Panthers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing home record. Their also 6-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing record. They have also been great on the road covering their last 4 road games. But they are also 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win. If Cam has success this game could be a blowout.
Reasons why the Chiefs should cover:
Their defense is coming off a huge game and are looking to build off of that. Of course the offense is still poor (279.3 yards/game and 9.3 points/game over their last 3), but if they give Charles the ball a lot, they could have great success.
Charles has been the only bright spot for this team all season and it won’t change here. In their loss to the Broncos they had 116 yards passing and 148 yards on the ground for 264 total yards. Peyton Manning had more yards through the air than the Chiefs entire team had. Their offense just can’t score as they kicked 3 field goals in that loss. If they give Charles the ball and he has success, they have a chance. Running the ball will keep the ball out of Cam’s hands.
Their ranked 29th in the NFL through the air averaging just 190.5 yards/game. They are ranked 4th in running the ball though, averaging 145.6 yards/game. The Panthers defense looked good on Monday night, but they couldn’t stop the run. Their ranked 11th against the pass which doesn’t benefit the Chiefs but their ranked 25th against the run allowing 126.2 yards/game which will benefit Charles.
This game will come down the time of possession for the Chiefs and Cam Newton’s success for the Panthers. This game could be an â€œupsetâ€ or a blowout! We have to wait till Sunday to find out!