Are the Carolina Panthers for real, and have the Indianapolis Colts reached the point of no return? Thanks to a slow start by the Colts and some fantastic play by the Panthers, those are a few of the questions on the minds of many NFL experts right now. Both sides will be seeking to prove their worth when they renew acquaintances in Raleigh for the Week 8 edition of Monday Night Football.
- The Panthers are 4-1 SU and ATS in their last five games in November.
- The Colts are 8-1 SU and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games after losing as favorites.
- Colts QB Andrew Luck has a 54.6 percent completion rating – the worst number since his rookie year.
When it comes to cashing spread bets, the Panthers and Colts couldn’t be more different. Carolina (6-0-0 SU) is a blistering 5-1 ATS, while Indy (3-4 SU) is just 2-5 ATS at the betting window so far in the 2015 campaign. A porous Colts defense that’s allowed the most total yards in the NFL (408.6 per game) does not match up well against a Panthers offense that’s been dynamite on the ground, averaging 152.40 rushing yards per game.
The Colts will need Andrew Luck to be at his best, but that's easier said than done, especially after reports began to circulate on Sunday that Luck has been playing with fractured ribs.
The Colts are 6-2 ATS in their last eight Monday Night Football road games, while the Panthers have been strong over their past five November games, going 4-1 SU and ATS.