Bet on football fans may be surprised to see winless Carolina open as a 3.5-point NFL betting favorite but Washington has done little to impress the odds makers either.
The Washington Redskins scored a lackluster 16-13 win over Tampa Bay last week as they again failed to cover for those who bet on football with them as 9.5-point home favorites. Washington has a NFL betting record of 2-2 straight up and 0-3-1 against the spread. The Redskin offense continues to struggle and serve as a reason to not bet on football with them as it ranks a poor 27th overall for scoring. The Redskin defense has been their NFL betting strength as it ranks 11th in yards allowed and an impressive 5th in points allowed. Quarterback Jason Campbell has been as average as ever with an 85.5 QB rating and a 5/5 touchdown to interception ratio.
The Carolina Panthers have gone from the bet on football top seed in the NFC playoffs last year to one of the worst teams on the board in 2009. Carolina has a bet on football record of 0-3 both straight up and against the spread. The Panthers had a much needed bye last week that came after a Monday night loss at Dallas 7-21 in which they failed to cover for those who bet on football with them as 9-point dogs. Carolina has been terrible on both sides of the line as they rank 29th in points scored and 30th in points allowed. Quarterback Jake Delhomme ranks 32nd among NFL signal callers with a 54.3 quarterback rating and has a horrible 2/7 touchdown to interception ratio as fans are screaming for him to be benched. Coach John Fox intends to stick with the embattled signal caller for this matchup.
Washington has gone under the total in 10 out of their last 12 games while Carolina has gone under the total in 12 out of their last 17 home games.
Washington has covered the spread in 5 out of their last 7 meetings with Carolina.