Patriots in Unfamiliar Territory – An Underdog

The New England Patriots visit the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football and are in a very unfamiliar role. The Patriots are the underdog for this matchup, which is rare for New England.

However, the Panthers are surging, having won five straight games and increased their record to 6-3 SU and ATS. The Patriots are 7-2 SU and 5-4 ATS.

Bookmakers on site such as topbet, Bovanda, sportsbook.com and betonline are very aware that the Panthers are 5-0 SU and ATS over their past five games played. During the win streak, the Panthers have outscored its opponents 140-57.

Because of that great play, the Panther are just 1½ games behind the first place New Orleans Saints in the NFC South.

It is not often that New England is an underdog, which is what they will be in tonight’s matchup. Dating back as far as 2009, the Patriots have covered their past six games as an underdog. The past four have also been outright wins.

Of late, New England has been a great play when playing Monday night. The Patriots have won and covered in their past five appearances on Monday Night Football.

Carolina does not play as much on Monday nights, but they did win their only game on Monday last season, with a 30-22 win over Philadelphia as a 3-point road dog.

Over the past ten seasons, the Pats and Panthers have played just 3 times. New England has won twice, including in the Super Bowl, however Carolina have covered all three of the games against New England.

The current line on Bovada has New England +3 as the underdog with the point total on 46. The line opened with Carolina favored by 2.5 points and a 45-point total. The 2.5 points has stayed pat on some books, but on others was bet up to the 3 points.

New England comes in well rested after a bye week. In their last game, they routed Pittsburgh 55-31 accumulating over 610 yards on offense.

However, the Carolina defense gives up the NFC’s fewest yards a game and allows fewer first downs than any other NFC team. Players to watch on Carolina’s defense are Charles Johnson a defensive end who has 8.5 sacks and Luke Keuchly a linebacker who leads the team in tackles with 75.

Cam Newton leads the Carolina offense as both a running and passing threat. Tom Brady remains one of the league’s best quarterbacks for New England.

A good defense versus a good offense usually ends up with the defense winning a low scoring game.

Pick: Carolina 21-17

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