NFL book needs Panthers, Chargers

Super Bowl odds indicate the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos are the two best teams in football. Bettors are loading up on those two powerhouses this week, leaving one online sportsbook rooting heavily for the Carolina Panthers and San Diego Chargers.

A Bovada oddsmaker told OddsShark.com that the biggest decisions the book was facing were on San Francisco’s home game against the surging Panthers and Denver’s game at the underdog Chargers. Bettors had already sided heavily with both favorites in both games.

The 49ers, winners of five straight, are 6-point favorites over the visiting Panthers, who have won three straight games. Carolina has owned this series, going 13-2 against the spread against San Francisco. The 49ers are 1-7 ATS at home versus the Panthers all-time. However, bettors clearly believe this season is going to be different and have placed lopsided action at Bovada.

The game features San Francisco’s top-ranked run offense versus Carolina’s No. 2-ranked run defense. It also features two of the best young quarterbacks in the 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick and the Panthers’ Cam Newton. Both QBs picked up their games in October and have their teams primed for playoff runs.

In the other game shaping up to be the biggest decision of the weekend, Bovada will be pulling for Philip Rivers and the Chargers. The Broncos are 7-point favorites, but will be without head coach John Fox, who underwent heart surgery early in the week. Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio will be the interim head coach. Peyton Manning and company are coming off a bye week. The Broncos are 10-2 ATS after a bye the past 12 seasons. The Chargers are 9-2 against the spread in their last 11 games as home underdogs, including 3-0 ATS this season.

The biggest game on the board for Bovada last week was the New York Jets’ home game against the New Orleans Saints. Of course, the Jets covered in a straight-up win that fueled one of the best Sundays so far for the book. If the Chargers and Panthers pull through, it certainly will be another banner week for the books.

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