By Ian S. Palmer
The Green Bay Packers are on the road this weekend as they take on the Carolina Panthers at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Sunday, November 8. Green Bay tasted defeat for the first time in the 2015 season when they were dropped 29-10 by the undefeated Denver Broncos last weekend. The Packers are now 6-1 on the season and sit in first place in the NFC North. Meanwhile, the Panthers are one better as they’re still unbeaten at 7-0 and lead the NFC South. They were 29-26 overtime winners over the Indianapolis Colts week eight action.
- Bovada currently lists the Packers at -3 at even money with the Panthers +3 at -120 with the over at 46.5 points at -110
Packers vs Panthers – Betting Trends
Green Bay Packers:
- Team record: 6-1 straight up, 5-2 against the spread
- Green Bay is 6-2 against the spread in their last 8 games
- Green Bay is 6-1 straight up in their last 7 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Green Bay’s last 6 games
- Team record: 7-0 straight up, 5-2 against the spread
- Carolina has won 7 straight games
- Carolina is 5-2 against the spread in their last 7 games
- Carolina is 5-0 straight up in their last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Carolina ‘s last 5 games
Green Bay’s offense couldn’t get on track against Denver and they totaled just 140 yards of offense in the game. It was their worst offensive output of the season and they’ll need to pull up their socks against the Panthers if they hope to avoid their second straight defeat. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the NFL’s reigning MVP, struggled by going 14 for 22 in the passing department and gaining only 77 yards. He didn’t have a touchdown pass and was sacked three times. Rodgers’ pride probably took a bit of a beating and fans should expect him to bounce back with a good game in Carolina.
Rodgers will need some help from wide receivers James Jones and Randall Cobb as the two of them have teamed up for 10 touchdowns and 803 yards in the air this year. They’ll be up against a Carolina secondary that is a little vulnerable and gives up 229.8 yards in the air on average each game. Eddie Lacy needs to bounce back too since he carried the ball just 11 times for 38 yards against the Broncos. His average rush has resulted in 4.4 yards this campaign and he’ll need to be in top form. The Packers are 6-4 both against the spread and straight up in their past 10 road outings.
Carolina is the last remaining undefeated NFC squad and they want to keep their streak alive. This is the first time they’ve ever opened an NFL season at 7-0. The beat the Colts in overtime last week on a Graham Cano 52-yard field goal. Quarterback Cam Newton passed for a pair of touchdowns and 248 yards in the contest. The Packers struggle when defending the rush since they conceded 124.4 yards against per outing and the Panthers may want to try their luck on the ground.
Running back in Jonathan Stewart is been leading the team in the rushing department and the team has been averaging a league-high 144 yards per game. Stewart leads the side with two touchdowns and 423 yards so far. He carried the ball 22 times for 82 yards against Indianapolis last week. Tight end Greg Olsen has been good in the air and leads the Panthers with 439 yards and three touchdowns. He’s also hit the 100-yard barrier twice in 2015/16. The Panthers are 5-5 against the spread and 4-6 straight up in their past 10 encounters against the Packers.
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