NFL Odds – Ravens Favored at Carolina

December 1, 2010 NFL Football

It is a mismatch on the NFL odds board on Sunday as the Baltimore Ravens play the Carolina Panthers.

The Ravens are 6-3 this season while the Panthers are 1-8.  The Panthers have not looked good all season and it is rare when you will see a home team such a big underdog in NFL betting odds at Sbg

No Reason to like Carolina
The Panthers are 1-8 and they look sick.  It is hard to make any case for taking Carolina in this game.  They have no offense as quarterback Jimmy Clausen is not ready for the NFL.  The Panthers were down to their fourth string running back last week and it could be that way again on Sunday.

Baltimore 6-3 SU, 4-4-1 ATS
The Ravens are just a .500 team against the spread.  They are still considered Super Bowl contenders and they are heavily favored in NFL betting odds to dispatch of the Panthers on Sunday. The Ravens are 15th in the league in points per game while they are 8th in the league in fewest points allowed.  Baltimore’s defensive numbers are not as good as normal but against Carolina’s rotten offense it shouldn’t matter.

Carolina 1-8 SU, 2-7 ATS
Normally when you look at an NFL team you can find something to like but the Panthers simply suck. They are not winning games and they are not covering the spread.   They are last in the league in points scored and 26th in the NFL in fewest points allowed.  With no quarterback, a fourth-string quarterback and a poor defense, the Panthers are not a competitive team. And on top of all that they have a lame duck head coach in John Fox.

Three Previous Meetings
The Ravens and Panthers have met three times in history and the Panthers have actually won all three games.  It should be noted though that the teams have not met since 2006 when Carolina won 23-21 at Baltimore. The other two meetings were in 2002 and in 1996.

Normally in a game like this where a team is in a letdown spot you might look to the underdog against the NFL odds but the Panthers have been so rotten it is hard to give them any chance in this game.

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