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NFL Betting Preview and Pick - Cleveland Browns Underdogs vs Panthers at Carolina

Cleveland Browns


Carolina Panthers
Sunday, December 21, 2014 1:00 PM ET
Bank of America Stadium

The 5-8-1 Carolina Panthers have won two straight SU, ending a seven-game SU winless streak to get back into the NFC South division race. The Panthers have scored more than 21 points just once in their last eight. However, the total has finished OVER in eight of their last 12 games.

Since briefly grasping top spot in the AFC North, the 7-7 Cleveland Browns have lost four of five SU, severely damaging their playoff chances. The Browns have alternated between ATS wins and losses for the past 10 weeks, but are 3-1 ATS in their last four as underdogs. The total finished UNDER in nine of the Browns' last 10, with the point total finishing under 40 in seven of their last nine.

Cleveland Browns vs Carolina Panthers Opening Odds and Betting Line

The Carolina Panthers opened as -3.5-point favorites at odds maker shops such as 5Dimes, while the NFL total was set at 39.5 for over under totals betting.

Computer Prediction: Cleveland Browns vs Carolina Panthers Pick

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 19-16 result in favor of the Browns. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Cleveland Browns vs Carolina Panthers Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Carolina Panthers currently sport a record of 5-8-1, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 7-7 ATS. The Cleveland Browns are 7-7 and 7-6-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Carolina Panthers post a 8-6 over under record this season, while the Cleveland Browns have gone 5-9 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Carolina vs Cleveland injuries news.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Carolina Panthers at No. 25 and the Cleveland Browns at No. 20 heading into this contest.

How Cleveland Browns vs Carolina Panthers Stats Matchup

The game also pits Carolina's No. 21-ranked offense, averaging 20.57 PPG, against a Browns defense that ranks No. 14 this week at 21.43 PPG. The Panthers aerial game is averaging 228.86 yards per game, more than the Browns secondary allows through the air, 221.36 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Cleveland Browns own the league's No. 24-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 119.33 yards per game when on the road. Carolina, on the other hand, rates No. 26 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Cleveland was hamered in its last outing, as Cincinnati ran up a 30-0 score against them at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Carolina won its last game, 19-17 over Tampa Bay on Sunday, behind a 110-yard receiving performance from Greg Olsen at Bank of America Stadium.

Cleveland Browns vs Carolina Panthers Betting Odds Trends

Cleveland is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Cleveland's last 10 games
Cleveland is 5-20 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Carolina is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Carolina is 2-6-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Carolina's last 12 games
Carolina is 10-4-1 ATS in its last 15 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Cleveland at Baltimore, Sunday, December 28th
Carolina at Atlanta, Sunday, December 28th