The Washington Redskins are set to host the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football in Week 15. Kickoff is set for 8:30 EST at FedEx Field and will be televised on ESPN. Oddsmakers have Washington as a 6-point home favorite with the total at 51 points.
Panthers vs Redskins Vegas Betting Preview
Carolina (5-8) comes in off a 28-16 home win over the Chargers. It was a nice bounce back effort for the Panthers, who were embarrassed at Seattle the week before. Still, Carolina is all but out of the playoff picture. The Panthers are 3-games back in both the NFC South and for a Wild Card spot.
Washington (7-5-1) enters off a huge 27-22 win at Philadelphia in Week 14. After rallying to take a 21-13 lead going into the 4th quarter, the Redskins trailed 21-22 late. Washington took the lead for good on a 25-yard run by Chris Thompson with 1:53 left to play. The victory kept the Redskins playoff hopes alive, as they are a 1/2-game out of the final Wild Card spot.
Free Spread Pick & Predictions: Redskins -6
I know the Panthers played well last week against the Chargers, but this team can’t be trusted. I have to side with Washington laying less than a touchdown at home in this one. No team has been a bigger disappointment than Carolina this year. Which makes playing these meaningless games (for them) extremely difficult. Especially on the road.
Click here for more free NFL betting advice from our experts on staff.
I just don’t see how the Panthers are going to be able to match the intensity of the Redskins in this one. Carolina is playing just to play out their schedule. For Washington, this feels like a playoff game. A loss here at home and their hopes of making the playoffs take a huge hit.
There’s also some added incentive here for the Redskins to take it to the Panthers. One of Washington’s best players, corner Josh Norman, will be going against his old team. Norman wants to desperately show Carolina what they lost. I expect his teammates to try even that much harder to help him beat his old team.
Motivation aside, there’s still a lot to like with Washington in this spot. The Redskins offense should have a field day in this one. Washington comes into this game with the 2nd ranked passing attack in the NFL at 302.8 ypg. They will be going up against a Carolina defense that ranks 30th against the pass, giving up 272.4 ypg.
Adding to this, the Panthers defense has been especially bad on the road, where they are giving up 32.5 ppg. Carolina’s secondary has been the main culprit in these bad numbers. Opposing QBs are completing 68.2% with an average of 331 ypg at home against the Panthers. It’s a big reason why the Panthers are a mere 1-5 on the road this season.
It’s also worth pointing out that Washington has been a covering machine against bad defenses. The Redskins are 8-1 ATS over the last 2 seasons against teams allowing 350 or more yards/game. Washington is also 8-2 ATS in their last 10 against a team with a losing record and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 at home. Carolina is 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 road games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 off a win. Panthers are also just 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 against the NFC.