Panthers Eagles Odds
The Philadelphia Eagles (3-7) host the Carolina Panthers (2-8) on Monday Night Football in a matchup of teams suffering through disappointing seasons. Oddsmakers have listed the Panthers as a 2.5-point favorite and have set the total at 40.5.
Why Carolina Covers
The Eagles have had trouble putting the ball in the end zone all season. Those troubles should continue with Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy likely to sit this one out due to concussions.
Philadelphia ranks 31st in the league in scoring with 16.2 points per game. Its lack of punch is significant because Carolina is on a 32-11 against the spread run versus poor offensive teams that average 17.0 points or less per game. If it is the second half of the season, this trend tightens up to an impressive 20-5 against the spread.
The Eagles have been the worst investment in the NFL this season by far. They are 1-8-1 against the spread. Every other team in the league has covered the number in at least three games.
The Eagles are a bad team, and bad teams tend to find ways to lose. That’s a big reason why they are 0-6-1 against the spread this season in games oddsmakers expect to be close (when the line is +3 to -3). They have lost these contests by an average score of 27.7 to 15.4.
Home has been no haven for Philadelphia backers. The Eagles are 0-4-1 against the spread at home this season and 7-18-1 against the number in their last 26 home games.
The road, meanwhile, has treated Carolina backers well. The Panthers are 3-0 against the spread in their last three and 6-2 against the number in their last eight road games. They are 5-1 against the spread in their last six road games versus teams that have a losing record at home.
Why Philadelphia Covers
The Panthers have lost back-to-back games straight up and against the spread. They have lost seven of their last eight contests and are 3-5 against the spread in these. Consider that Carolina is on a 4-14 against the spread slide when it checks into a game with losses in three of its last four games. It has lost by an average score of 27.8 to 17.6 in this situation.
The Eagles went down 31-6 at Washington in their last game, but history says that’s not a reason to fade them this week. They are an awesome 18-5 against the spread following a loss of 21 points of more over the last two decades. They have won by an average score of 23.4 to 18.3 in these games.
The Eagles look like a train wreck, but let’s not forget what happened last season. They never quit after a 4-8 start and finished the season on a 4-0 run. There is certainly plenty of talent on this team, and I don’t expect the Eagles to roll over at home for a 2-8 club.
The Eagles have had the upper hand in the series. They have won each of the last three meetings by an average of 17.7 points and have covered the number in each. They also won five of the past seven both straight up and against the spread.