An all-NFC clash unfolds Saturday evening between two teams trending in vastly different directions. The Carolina Panthers will make their visit to Lambeau Field, to take on the red-hot and NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers.
Carolina enters Saturday night’s contest coming off of an embarrassing showing at home – a game which saw Drew Lock just shred the Panthers’ secondary. Playoffs or not, Carolina knows they need to turn in a response to that showing. Also of note, as of this writing it remains uncertain as to whether or not Panthers’ running back Christian McCaffrey will suit up vs Green Bay.
For the Packers, this offense just keeps clicking mostly on the shoulders of Aaron Rodgers. He’s been the clear MVP this season and after so many people doubted him last season and throughout the off-season, Rodgers has responded. The Packers have clinched their division yet again, but will continue to push for that coveted number one seed.
Though the Panthers don’t have too much to play for and the spread in this game would indicate that, the point-spread is always a great equalizer and there is money to be made on a rare NFL Saturday evening. For added information, team news, and betting analysis – continue on beneath the posted odds for a winning wager before another Football Sunday tomorrow.
Carolina Panthers vs. Green Bay Packers Betting Odds:
Carolina Panthers +9 (-110)
@ Green Bay Packers -9 (-110)
Over 52 (-110)
Under 52 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Carolina Panthers vs. Green Bay Packers Pick:
While Green Bay looked dominant last week, and the Panthers most certainly didn’t – many might think upon first glance that this will be an automatic blowout. Let’s not get too carried away here in the wild world of the NFL.
For starters, the Packers have clinched the NFC North already. They also enter Week 15 down two key offensive linemen, and the Panthers have some good personnel that can exploit this and get after a relatively immobile Rodgers in the pocket.
Carolina does struggle against the run however, so a big outing could be in store for Aaron Jones out of the backfield. Though it’s more likely that the Packers get up early via the passing games and just run Jones heavily to keep the clock ticking, and secure the win.
On the other side of the ball, as of now it seems unlikely Christian McCaffrey will return for the Panthers – but it shouldn’t matter vs. Green Bay. The Packers’ main weakness is defending against the run, and Panthers’ replacement Mike Davis has been outstanding in his absence. Davis is in line for another steady performance, and could also thrive as a receiver out of the backfield for Bridgewater.
The Panthers also boast a sneaky-good passing attack of their own. And while the Packers are solid within their secondary and coverage, Carolina’s duo of D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson can certainly give them trouble. Bridgewater has some solid weapons at his disposal, and in what should be a wide-open game given limited implications – expect the Panthers to take some big shots.
The spread as it currently sits is just far too high, for a Green Bay team battling injuries and coming in with motivation questions. Carolina are well-coached and eager to turn in a better outing after last week’s showing – and a primetime Saturday night game should see their best effort. While Green Bay will likely get up early, they have a real knack of letting teams back into contests with soft prevent defense, and the Panthers could easily secure a backdoor cover here, on a number that has drifted far too high. Expect Carolina to keep things interesting in Week 15.