The Carolina Panthers have their collective sights set on 16-0 and a Super Bowl when they face their largest remaining speed bump this season in the New York Giants, who are a long shot for a wild card berth. This tilt features a marquee matchup between New York star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Carolina stud cornerback Josh Norman.
“It does go back to the fact that it’s really not about going undefeated, it’s about winning the Super Bowl,” coach Ron Rivera said. “That’s the thing that you have to really focus on is really what is the goal?”
The NFL week 15 betting odds favor the road warrior Carolina Panthers by 5.5-points to beat the New York Giants.
How To Bet The Carolina Panthers Vs NY Giants NFL Week 15 Odds
What: Carolina Panthers (13-0) at NY Giants (6-7)
When: Sunday, December 20, 2015
Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET
Where: East Rutherford, NJ
Stadium: MetLife Stadium
Odds: Panthers -5.5
Game Total: 48
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Carolina vs NY Giants
Why Bet The Carolina Panthers at -5.5 Over The NY Giants
The Carolina Panthers are 13-0 straight up and 10-3 against the spread this season. They average 31.6 points (1st), 224.0 passing yards (25th) and 141.9 rushing yards (2nd) per game this season. Last week, they absolutely embarrassed the Falcons by running up the score to 38-0.
QB Cam Newton (65 rec, 969 yards, 6 TDs) will need to implode not to win this season’s MVP honors. Last week, he completed 15 of 21 passes for 265 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions against the Falcons. Newton has also thrown for eight TDs in his last two contests pushing his season total to a league leading 20 touchdowns in the red zone to go with seven rushing scores. He’ll be up against the second-worst pass rush in the league, with the Giants totaling 16 sacks.
Newton’s most reliable target, TE Greg Olsen (65 rec, 969 yards, 6 TDs) left the game against the Falcons with a knee injury. He has started 139 straight games and is uncertain to play this week. Newton’s steady hand under center has made average WR Ted Ginn Jr. (37 rec, 645 yards, 8 TDs) into a capable wideout. Ginn Jr’s 8 TDs leads the team. Before this season, Ginn Jr. had 11 total TDs in eight season.
RB Jonathan Stewart (242 att, 989 yards, 6 TDs) is 11 yards away from his second 1000-yard rushing season. He emerged from Sunday’s demolition of the Falcons with a sprained left foot, which forced a DNP on Wednesday to start Week 15 prep. River Boat Ron is taking the long view and sitting Stewart this week.
Carolina’s defense allows 18.7 points (4th), 223.0 passing yards (5th) and 84.6 rushing yards (4th) per game. Thomas Davis has 88 tackles, and 5.5 sacks and Josh Norman has 16 deflected passes.
Why Bet The NY Giants at +5.5 Over The Panthers
The NY Giants are 6-7 straight up and 7-5-4 against the spread this season. They average 26.0 points (7th), 272.0 passing yards (6th), and 88.4 rushing yards (29th) per game. Last week, they beat the Miami Dolphins by a 31-24 score.
QB Eli Manning (3655 yards, 28 TDs & 10 INTs) was 27 of 31 for 337 yards and four touchdowns in Monday’s 31-24 win at Miami that ended a three-game slide. He completed 87.1% of his passes. He found Odell Beckham Jr. (85 rec, 1320 yards, 12 TDs) seven times for 166 yards with two scores, giving the receiver six straight 100-yard efforts for the longest streak in team history.
Beckham will face a stiff challenge in trying to extend that run. Panther’s CB Norman is expected to be the primary cover on him. Norman has yet to let a receiver catch more than four balls or gain more than 36 yards this year. He has 16 passes defensed to rank seventh in the league and opposing quarterbacks have a 50.5 passer rating when targeting him — sixth-best among players targeted at least 39 times.
The Giants achilles heel has been their rush attach all season with neither Rashad Jennings (138 att, 512 yards, 1 TD) or Shane Vereen (52 att, 216 yards, 0 TDs) taking charge of the backfield.
New York’s defense allows 24.6 points (20th), 308.0 passing yards (32nd) and 110.2 rushing yards (16th) per game. Landon Collins has 86 tackles, and Robert Ayers has five sacks.
Betting Trends & Projections Related To This Matchup:
CAROLINA PANTHERS PROJECTIONS
- PASSING: Cam Newton 19/31 CP-ATT, 243 YD, 1.6 TD, 0.9 INT
- RUSHING: Jonathan Stewart 12 RUSH, 53 YD, 0.2 TD
- RECEIVING: Greg Olsen 5 REC, 72 YD, 0.4 TD
NEW YORK GIANTS PROJECTIONS
- PASSING: Eli Manning 24/38 CP-ATT, 253 YD, 1.9 TD, 1 INT
- RUSHING: Rashad Jennings 10 RUSH, 35 YD, 0.2 TD
- RECEIVING: Odell Beckham 6 REC, 74 YD, 0.7 TD
The total has gone over in four of the Giants’ last five games at home.
The Panthers are 8-0 SU and 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight games in Week 15.
The Panthers are 14-5-1 ATS in their last 20 games as favorites in December.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction:
The New York Giants are dangerous anytime Manning and Coughlin take the field. Combined, they have beating the Pats twice for a Super Bowl. Toss in OBJ and this team can rack up the score. I don’t see that against the Panthers D anchored by Norman and LB Luke Kuechly. Bet the Panthers to roll.
My final score prediction is Panthers 30, NY Giants 17.