Even though the Patriots are heavily favored in NFL betting, they have not been a good bet of late. There are some things to take into consideration as you look to bet on this matchup between the Panthers and Patriots.
Football betting has seen the Patriots lose three of their last four outright. New England now leads the AFC East by just a single game over Miami and the New York Jets. The Patriots are simply not the dominant team as in past NFL betting seasons. New England kept Randy Moss in check for a while but he is now causing problems for football betting. Quarterback Tom Brady has not been playing at an All-Pro level and the New England defense is weak. Does that sound like a normal New England team?
Carolina has a great running game and not much else. The Panthers win in football betting when DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart find running room. The quarterback job looks to have fallen to Matt Moore and he has not shown much ability. The Patriots are just 20th against the run so that could be a problem against the Panthers in this football betting contest.
Carolina and New England have met four times in history with each team winning twice. The football betting numbers in this game are somewhat mixed. The Panthers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games in December but they are 4-10 in NFL betting in their last 14 games as a road underdog.
The Patriots are 4-1 in football betting in their last 5 games as a home favorite and they are 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. They are just 1-3-1 against the football betting line in their last 5 games overall and a pathetic 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games as an NFL betting favorite of more than 10 points.
Four of the last five Carolina games have gone under the football betting total. On the road though, seven of the last ten Carolina games have gone over in. Four of the last six New England games have gone under in football betting. At home though, six of the last nine New England games have gone over the football betting number.