The 2016 NFL season kicks-off with the Carolina Panthers visiting Sports Authority Field at Mile High to face the Denver Broncos in a Super Bowl 50 rematch. The game kicks-off on NBC this Thursday, September 8th at 8:30 PM ET.
— First Take (@FirstTake) September 6, 2016
How To Bet The Carolina Panthers at Denver Broncos NFL Week 1 Spread
The Broncos start the Trevor Siemian era as 3-point home dogs to the Panthers in the NFL week 1 betting spread, seven months after beating Carolina 24-10 as 4.5-point dogs on a neutral field.
What: Carolina Panthers (0-0) at Denver Broncos (0-0)
When: Thursday, September 8, 2016
Start Time: 8:30 PM ET
Where: Denver, CO
Stadium: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Spread: Panthers -3
Moneyline: Carolina -180 at Denver +160
Game Total: 41.4
Stream: NBC Sports Live
Listen: Carolina vs Denver
Why Bet the Carolina Panthers to beat the Denver Broncos?
A 15-1 season ending in a Super Bowl loss is hard to get over. Luckily for the Panthers, they get a shot at payback right away in their very next game with consequences. But should you bet on Carolina? Will they cover the 3-point NFL week 1 betting spread?
Carolina had the best scoring offense in the NFL in 2015 averaging 31.3 points per game. They can only get better with the return of stud wideout Kelvin Benjamin. After Benjamin had recorded 1008 yards and 9 TDs in his rookie season, the Panthers lost the WR for his sophomore campaign last season. He will give Cam Newton the number one down-field pass-catcher.
During their Super Bowl loss the Panthers defense played well enough to win, however their offense didn’t. Will they show up this week?
Why Bet the Denver Broncos to beat the Carolina Panthers?
I understand if you are little skeptical about betting on the Broncos to cover the NFL betting spreads week-to-week this season. Any team that loses a QB at the calibre of Peyton Manning will degress. They will turn to former 7th round pick, second-year QB Trevor Siemian under center.
Some recent history favors Denver as the defending champ has gone 10-2 straight-up and 7-4-1 ATS in the Thursday night kickoff game with one of the losses coming when Baltimore had to play at Denver in 2013 because of a scheduling conflict with the Orioles. (The Broncos won 49-27 as 7.5-point favorites behind Peyton Manning’s 7 TDs.) The Super Bowl hangover has been more relevant for the loser as they’ve gone 5-8 SU and 2-11 ATS in their last 13 Week 1 games. Read on for more key angles you need to know.
Remember the Broncos are 7-1 ATS in their last eight Thursday games, 7-0 ATS in their last seven games as an underdog, and 4-0 ATS in their last four games as a home underdog.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup
- Carolina was 12-4 ATS in 2015
- Carolina was 5-3 ATS away in 2015
- Denver was 6-9-1 ATS in 2015
- Denver was 3-5 ATS at home in 2015
- Denver was 3-1 ATS as the underdog in 2015
- Denver was 2-0 ATS as a home underdog.
Carolina Vs Denver NFL Week 1 ATS Pick
This game is seven months in the making and you can count on the Panthers coming out to play from the opening whistle. It won’t be the same as a Super Bowl victory, but a win will offer a small sense of closure.
I am betting on the Panthers to win and cover the 3-point betting spread in this NFL week 1 tilt.