Panthers Rams Betting Preview for Week 7
|St. Louis Rams||Carolina Panthers|
Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers came up with a much-needed victory last Sunday in Minnesota. They now get a chance to get back to the .500 mark with a home game this Sunday against the 3-3 St. Louis Rams (1 pm ET, Fox).
Newton accounted for four touchdowns against the Vikings, throwing for three and running for one in picking up the road win.
St. Louis, meanwhile, is coming off an impressive road victory of its own, a 38-13 thrashing of the Texans in Houston, with help from a pair of defensive touchdowns.
In the early betting the Panthers were favored by six points over the Rams, which woould continue a longtime trend of Carolina beating up the Rams. St. Louis is just 2-8 SU & ATS in its past 10 vs Carolina and just 1-5 ATS in six trips here, according to the OddsShark.com NFL database.
The Rams will try to spoil to the party on Sunday; they are 2-4 ATS against the number this season, while the Panthers are 2-3 ATS. St. Louis is 5-1 on the totals; Carolina is 2-3.
The Rams were listed as 6.5-point underdogs at sportsbooks such as TopBet, with the total listed at 42.
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Panthers rated this week at No. 4 and the Rams sitting at No. 24. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 27-18 result in favor of the Panthers this week.
St. Louis won its last outing, a 38-13 result against the Texans on October 13. The Rams covered in that game as a 9.5-point underdog, while the 51 combined points took the game OVER the total. Sam Bradford dusted the Texans secondary for 3 TDs last time out as the Rams defeated Houston 38-13 at Reliant Stadium. In their last game, the Panthers got 3 passing scores out of Cam Newton en route to a 35-10 win over the Vikings on Sunday at The Metrodome.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Carolina's No. 19-ranked offense, averaging 21.8 PPG, against a Rams defense that ranks No. 22 this week at 25.67 PPG. The Panthers aerial game is averaging 200.8 yards per game, less than the Rams secondary allows through the air, 258.17 YPG per game.
Defensively, the Rams feature the league's No. 25-rated road run defense, allowing 127.33 yards per game. Carolina, meanwhile, ranks No. 2 in rushing offense at home.
A few Rams at Panthers trends to consider:
St. Louis is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of St. Louis's last 9 games
St. Louis is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
St. Louis is 5-15-1 SU in its last 21 games on the road
Carolina is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Carolina's last 5 games
Carolina is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home
Carolina is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games at home
St. Louis at Seattle, Monday, October 28th
Carolina at Tampa Bay, Thursday, October 24th