The New York Giants (1-3) travel to Charlotte this weekend to take on the Carolina Panthers (2-1) in an NFC battle. Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on Sunday, October 7th at Bank of America Stadium. The game will be televised on FOX.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Panthers listed as as 6-point home favorites. That line has remained unchanged after early betting, as Carolina is currently available at -7. The total for this matchup is 47.5 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 5 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Panthers vs Giants Vegas Odds & Game Preview
New York has now lost 17 out of their past 21 games after losing 33-18 at home against the New Orleans Saints last weekend. The game was close at halftime before New Orleans put on a show in the second half, scoring three touchdowns and racking up 251 total yards. QB Eli Manning struggled to keep pace with Drew Brees, throwing for just 255 yards and a touchdown. Manning’s biggest problem was his lack of success passing downfield, as his largest completion of the day was for just 27 yards. Sterling Shepard and Odell Beckham Jr. hauled in 17 receptions combined for less than 140 yards. As a whole, New York is currently averaging just 18.3 points per game (29th) on 314.3 total yards.
On the other side of the ball, the Giants are allowing 23.8 points per game to opponents on a total of 354.8 total yards. New York has really struggled against the rush, as they are surrendering an average of 126.0 yards per game on the ground (29th).
Carolina defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 31-21 in Week 3 before heading into their bye week. The Panthers should be refreshed and ready to go as they try to win their eighth consecutive home game on Sunday. QB Cam Newton has looked 100% healthy over his first several games this year, which has to be a huge relief to the Carolina coaching staff. Newton has thrown for 646 yards and five touchdowns over his first three starts this season. RB Christian McCaffrey has shown he is a legitimate dual threat out of the backfield, rushing for 271 yards on 46 carries while also adding 22 receptions for 157 yards. Overall, the Panthers are currently averaging 23.7 points per game (16th) on 369.7 total yards.
On the other side of the ball, Carolina is currently giving up an average of 20.0 points per game on 356.7 total yards. The Panthers have been above average defending against the pass, as opponents are averaging 246.7 yards per game through the air (12th). They haven’t been quite as impressive against the run, as they are allowing 110.0 yards per game on the ground (19th).
Free NFL Betting Prediction: Carolina -7
This line has already moved pretty substantially, as early bettors seem to be flocking towards the Panthers. I can’t really say that I blame them all that much, as I think that even at -7, Carolina still offers decent value against a really sub-par Giants squad. The biggest takeaway for me last weekend after watching them play New Orleans was Eli’s lack of arm strength when attempting to pass the ball more than 30+ yards down the field. He was absolutely outclassed by Drew Brees and I have a sneaking suspicion that will be the case again this week against Newton and Co. The Panthers should be well-rested and fully prepared to keep things rolling this weekend against an NFC foe. Click on the link for more free NFL picks from our experts on staff.
New York is just 1-3-1 ATS over their last five games in Week 5, 2-8 ATS over their last 10 games against teams in the NFC, and 3-10-2 ATS in their last 15 road games against teams who have at least a .500 record. Carolina is 6-1 ATS over their past seven home games, 7-3 ATS in their last ten games on grass, and 9-4 ATS over their last 13 games overall.
The Giants have also failed to cover in 8 out of their last 13 games where they were an underdog of three or more points. They have a brutal offensive line and Eli Manning has been sacked an average of 3.8 times per game (28th overall). If RB Saquon Barkley hadn’t somehow been able to rack up 453 total yards from scrimmage over the first four games of his career, New York may still be winless on the season. Carolina needs to keep pace with the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South and should put on a show for the home crowd on Sunday. I’ll happily lay the touchdown and take the favorite in this spot.