Bettors have Carolina fever. The Panthers have gone from 3-point underdogs to 2-point favorites in their game at Arizona on Sunday.
Carolina bounced back from Sportsbook losses to drub the New York Giants in Week 3 and then enjoyed a bye week before heading to Arizona to take on the Cardinals. Cam Newton has not be able to get the passing game going, but the Panthers are third in the league in rushing. The defense has been the most impressive part of coach Ron Rivera’s team, though. The Panthers rank sixth against the run and 12th against the pass.
The extra week to prepare has not benefited Carolina much. The Panthers are just 6-4 straight-up and 5-5 against the spread in their last 10 games following a bye week. Their defense has performed well, however, after a bye. Eight of their last 10 games after a bye have stayed UNDER the total.
The Cardinals rallied from behind to knock off Tampa Bay last week and now return after two weeks on the road. Arizona’s defense is second in the league against the run.
Chiefs at Titans
The Chiefs grew from 1-point to 3-point road favorites after Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker was ruled out with a hip injury suffered in the Titans’ win over the New York Jets. Ryan Fitzpatrick will get the start for the Titans, who are an impressive 3-0-1 against the spread. Kansas City is off to a spectacular start, going 4-0 straight-up and 3-1 against the spread.
Jets at Falcons
The Falcons opened as 7-point favorites, but are now favored by as many as 10 at several shops, including Sportsbook, as of Friday. It’s a somewhat surprising move when you consider how banged-up the Falcons are, especially at linebacker. Starting LB Akeem Dent is expected to miss Monday’s game against the Jets. His backup, Paul Worrilow, is battling a knee injury and is questionable. And top linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is already on IR. The Falcons also will be without starting RB Steven Jackson.