It was a great Sunday of NFL betting action for us yesterday as we went 2-1 on the day, and now sit with a 3-1 record for Week 10 heading into the Monday nighter. As predicted, the Jets won outright vs. the Steelers, and Packers easily disposed of the Bears on Sunday night. That Bears team has talent but is in big trouble moving forward. Only the Saints let us down, but fortunately for them they play in a brutal NFC South division and should be okay moving forward. Tonight our attention turns to one of those teams in the NFC South, the Carolina Panthers, as they’ll travel to Philly to take on Mark Sanchez and the Eagles. The Eagles have been solid this season and although many have predicted inevitable doom with Sanchez at the helm, don’t rush to conclusions just yet. He’s got some weapons in Philadelphia and in a much healthier environment than New York, this could revamp his career. It’s a game filled with intrigue to close out the betting week and we’re eager to go to 4-1 for our Week 10 selections. Read on below for that featured wager and full game analysis.
Panthers vs. Eagles Betting Odds:
Carolina Panthers +7 (-110)
@ Philadelphia Eagles -7 (-110)
Over 48.5 (-110)
Under 48.5 (-110)
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Panthers vs. Eagles Pick:
For all the fanfare regarding Mark Sanchez’s return to a starting quarterback position, don’t expect much things to change for the Eagles. Sanchez is a capable player and I don’t think the Eagles offense will skip a beat with him under centre. Last week, he filled in admirably, and let’s not forget it’s not as if Nick Foles was playing like Peyton Manning this year. Sanchez will have had an entire week of preparation and first-team reps, and is also expected to get key guard Evan Mathis back in pass protection. This will allow the former USC-product a lot of time and space in the pocket, and he should be able to exploit a very vulnerable Panthers’ secondary. Also, and perhaps most importantly, this Panthers defense as a whole is just brutal. It’s nowhere near the level it’s been in years past and as was seen when we last saw them in Week 9, they can’t stop anything. They generate virtually no pass rush, and sit 30th in the NFL at stopping the run. Even if Sanchez struggles, handing it off to LeSean McCoy is all it will take to put points on the board tonight for the Eagles.
On offense, it hasn’t been much better for Carolina. They cannot protect Cam Newton, conceding 10 sacks in their past three contests, and look for an aggressive Eagles front to take full advantage of that. They should be able to swarm Cam Newton on virtually every dropback opportunity, not allowing him time and space in the pocket. Philly has registered 20 sacks in their last five games, and while they’ve had issues in their secondary this season, if they can limit Kelvin Benjamin they should be fine. No other Panthers receivers are really worth discussing to be honest. Add in the fact that the Eagles stuff the run as good as any team in football, and another long evening looks to be in store for Newton and the Panthers.
Reality has set in for Carolina. Last year was a bit of a mirage and key injuries and regression has taken over. The team is too limited in difference-making players and as a result are merely riding out the season until another remoulding of the team can begin. Meanwhile in Philly, expect excitement around Sanchez’s debut. Fans and pundits should quickly learn he’s hardly a downgrade on Foles, and expect Chip Kelly’s offense to put on quite the performance on Monday Night Football. Laying only a touchdown, don’t overthink things, roll with the Eagles minus a touchdown to close out a profitable betting week.
PICK = Eagles -7 (-110)