Minnesota Vikings vs Carolina Panthers Odds, Prediction, and Pick
Don't look now, but the Carolina Panthers have now been favored in back to back weeks. Last week, they were favorites against the Washington Redskins, and pulled out a nice 33-20 victory at home. This time, they get to play at home once again, and they are matched up against the Minnesota Vikings with freshly inserted rookie quarterback Christian Ponder. This sets up a match-up between two rookie quarterbacks, who were big time names in college football and are looking to make names for themselves on the pro level. Cam Newton has started his career off on a good note with some big plays, a few wins, and quite a few fans in Carolina. Ponder on the other hand looked good in his first start against the defending Super Bowl champions, and he brought quite a bit of energy to a Vikings team that needed it badly.
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The Vikings are currently sitting at 1-6 and have played one of the tougher schedules out of any team to this point. Their lone win came against the Cardinals, who are struggling quite a bit themselves with only one win. On the other side of things, the Panthers are 2-5, but have lost four of those games by less than a touchdown, and have really been in every game. This match-up will kick off at 1:00pm EST, and should be one of the best betting match-ups on the board.
» Odds and Sports Betting Line
- Minnesota Vikings: +3
- Carolina Panthers: -3
» Free Prediction
The Panthers have surprised quite a few people this year, and quarterback Cam Newton has done most of the surprising. When most teams expected Newton to just manage the game and hand the ball off, the Panthers have gone a completely different route and decided to let Newton take over games and make big plays at big times. Newton has made his fair share of mistakes, but one thing he has going for him against this Vikings defense which gets to the quarterback well; is that he is very mobile and can scramble whenever he wants to. I think this will really make the difference, and pull out the win for the Panthers in the end.
Prediction: Carolina Panthers- 28 Minnesota Vikings- 24
» Free Pick
This one is going to be a very close game, but I think that the Panthers' rookie quarterback will make the difference in the end. I like this line being set at 3 because I think it's just about right, but I do like the Panthers to be able to squeak out the cover at home. Their home crowd has bought into this team, and they like the direction that they are headed. I'm picking the Carolina Panthers to get the win and the cover here.
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