This Sunday the Carolina Panthers will play host to the Tennessee Titans. Kickoff is set for 1:00 EST at Bank of America Stadium and will be televised locally on CBS.
Oddsmakers opened up this line at Carolina -3.5 and it’s still available at that price at some places, but most have jumped it up to the Panthers -4. The total opened at 41 and is up to 41.5 at most books.
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Vegas Betting Odds & Game Preview: Titans vs Panthers
Tennessee Titans (4-4 SU, 3-4-1 ATS)
The Titans come into this one off a 27-23 win and cover at home as a 2-point favorite against the Buccaneers. Coming off a 23-20 win at home against the Chargers, it marked the first time this season that Tennessee put together back-to-back wins. However, it was the first time in four games that the Titans covered the number, as they are just 2-4-1 ATS in their last 7 games.
NFL teams will take a win anyway they can get it and there’s no question the Buccaneers aided Tennessee in their win last week. Tampa Bay turned it over 4 times, including two times in the 1st quarter that resulted in TD drives of 10 yards or less for the Titans.
Ryan Tannehill completed 21 of 33 attempts and had a 3-0 TD-INT ratio, but did have just 193 yards, which comes out to a mere 5.8 yards/attempt. Derrick Henry led the way on the ground with 75 yards on 16 attempts.
Carolina Panthers (4-3 SU, 4-3 ATS)
The Panthers will be looking to rebound from an ugly 51-13 loss at San Francisco, which abruptly put an end to their 4-game winning streak. San Francisco’s defense absolutely smothered the Carolina offense, especially Kyle Allen and the passing game. Allen was just 19 of 37 for 158 yards with 0 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He was also sacked 7 times.
You can’t put all the blame on the offense. San Francisco imposed it’s will on the ground with 232 yards and 5 scores on 38 attempts (6.1 yards/carry). Jimmy Garoppolo only threw for 175 yards, but was 18 of 22 with 2 TD passes.
That poor showing also snapped a streak of 4 straight covers by the Panthers.
Most recent meeting between these two was in 2015, which the Panthers won 27-10 as a 3.5-point road favorite. Titans had won and covered each of the previous three in the series.
Free NFL Betting Pick & Predictions: Panthers -3.5
My early lean here would be to lay the short number at home with Carolina. I just feel like this is the ideal spot to jump on the Panthers and I think we are getting a great price due to the fact that Carolina is off that ugly 51-13 loss at San Francisco and the Titans come in off back-to-back wins and covers.
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First things first, the Panthers are the first team to get their butts kicked by the 49ers. Sure the offense only had 13 points and Kyle Allen played like crap, but San Francisco hasn’t allowed more than 20 points in any game this season. As for Allen and him throwing for just 158 yards with a 0-3 TD-INT ratio, that is not all that surprising against that defense. The 49ers have only given up 284 passing yards in their last 4 games combined.
Prior to that performance Allen had really been playing well. In the previous 4 games during the Panthers 4-game winning streak, he averaged 225 yards/game and posted a perfect 7-0 TD-INT ratio. Titans are just middle of the pack in passing defense and have allowed over 600 yards thru the air in their last two games.
Not only do I expect Allen to have a big bounce back performance, I think we get an unbelievable effort from the entire Panthers team. It’s so much easier to respond from a blowout loss than a game where you lose in the final seconds.
As for the Titans, I think this team is very fortunate to be 4-4. All 4 wins have come against teams who have losing records and own a combined 8-22 mark on the season. Last week they were outgained by the Bucs 389 to 246 and their only two TD drives in the first 3 quarters were off turnovers where the offense had to go 10 yards or less.
History is also on our side. Panthers are 23-6 under head coach Ron Rivera when off a road loss and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 under Rivera when off a road loss by 14 or more points. Give me Carolina -3.5!