Carolina Needs To Beat Jets To Improve Their Odds To Win The Super Bowl

Carolina Panther's Running Back Jonathan Stewart

Carolina Needs To Beat Jets To Improve Their Odds To Win The Super Bowl

Despite their lopsided loss to New Orleans last Sunday night, the Carolina Panthers are holding steady with +2000 odds to win the Super Bowl. A rubber match with Drew Brees awaits in Week 16, and standing in their immediate path are the lowly Jets who stumbled in to a win last weekend against Oakland. It seems like a foregone conclusion that the Panthers make the playoffs, but anything can happen down the home stretch in the NFL. Carolina can not afford to slow down.

Newton and the Panthers were pushed off their aggressive style of play by a few questionable pass interference calls early on against the Saints. Cam had an especially mortal day, completing 22-of-34 passes for just 160 yards with a garbage time touchdown to Steve Smith at the end of the fourth quarter. He was also sacked 5 times for 49 lost yards. The 13-31 whitewashing Carolina suffered snapped their eight game winning streak and dropped them to 8-2 SU and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games. So, one loss shouldn’t push you to write these guys off. That would be silly.

New York Jets (6-7) vs. Carolina Panthers (9-4)
The New York Jets are 11 point underdogs visiting the Carolina Panthers in week 15.
Starts: 12/15/2013 4:00PM
Bank of America Stadium, 800 S. Mint St.
Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Carolina is also comfortably in control of their wild card spot as they own the tie breakers over the two teams that threaten them (Arizona and San Francisco). They’re still one of the strongest, overall teams in the NFC and return home to host a porous Jets squad that has had an excessively strange season.

But we also know what the Jets are at this point – they’re an above average defensive team and a wildly erratic offensive squad. They’re also one of the worst road teams in all of NFL betting, and are just 1-4 SU and ATS in their last 5 trips away from Jersey. Their lone win was against Atlanta. This is not a team that is going to be able to dent Carolina’s odds to win the Super Bowl by handing them an unexpected loss.

BONUS WEEK 15 NFL BETTING PICKS

Date
Away
Home
Pick
Sun, Dec 15-2013
Chicago
Cleveland
CHI +2
Sun, Dec 15-2013
San Francisco
Tampa Bay
SF -5.5
Sun, Dec 15-2013
Philadelphia
Minnesota
PHI -4.5
Sun, Dec 15-2013
Tennessee
Arizona
TEN +2.5
Sun, Dec 15-2013
Kansas City
Oakland
KC -4
Sun, Dec 15-2013
New Orleans
St. Louis
STL +5.5
Sun, Dec 15-2013
Pittsburgh
Cincinnati
PIT +2.5

Carolina is also one of the best home teams in the league. They’re 5-0 SU and ATS in their last five hostings, and their lone loss came in Week 1 against Seattle well before they evolved in to the juggernaut we know today. During that five game run, Carolina has also destroyed non-playoff teams at home this season, and the Jets are right on the level with all the teams that have waltzed in to Bank of America Stadium and had their cans handed to them. This should be Armageddon for the Jets.

While we’re on the subject, let’s keep Carolina’s long term championship pricing in perspective with their conference rivals. San Francisco may not have enough time to find the offensive rhythm they had last year during their miraculous playoff run. Seattle is virtually unbeatable at home, but are far from perfect. New Orleans has had troubles all season in terms of consistency, and I’ll be damned if I suddenly trust the likes of Philadelphia or anyone in the NFC North. So with all that in mind, I don’t just like Carolina’s 20-to-1 odds to win the Super Bowl…I absolutely love them.

Week 15 NFL Betting Pick – Carolina -11.0 (UNDER)