Carolina Vs Washington Spread & ATS PickNoah Williams
With three games left to go, this week’s Monday Night Football tilt has playoff implications when the Carolina Panthers visit the nation’s capitol to face the Washington Redskins.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 14, 2016
While both teams’ playoff paths are littered with potholes and speed bumps, the main focus of this game will be the battle between QB Cam Newton and CB Josh Norman. The Week 15 NFL Panthers Vs Redskins spread favors Washington by 6.5-points. Kick-off is this Monday, December 19th at 8:30 PM ET on ESPN from FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.
Carolina Panthers Vs Washington Redskins MNF Spread & ATS Pick
What: Carolina Panthers (5-8) at Washington (7-5-1)
When: Monday, December 19, 2016
Start Time: 8:30 PM ET
Where: Landover, MD
Stadium: FedEx Field
Spread: Washington -6.5
Moneyline: Carolina +230 vs Washington -275
Game Total: 51
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Carolina vs Washington
Why Bet The Carolina Panthers To Beat Washington
The Carolina Panthers’ Super Bowl hangover has them at 5-8 SU and 4-7-2 ATS this season. They are coming off a 28-16 win over the San Diego Chargers. They average 23.9 points per game (13th) and allow 25.9 points per game (26th).
The Panthers average 231.2 passing yards per game (23rd). QB Cam Newton (2774 yards, 15 TDs & 9 INTs) completed only ten of 27 passes for 160 yards against the Chargers last week. He threw one touchdown and one interception. He has been limited this week with a shoulder injury. TE Greg Olsen (65 rec, 907 yards, 3 TDs) is just 93 yards away from reaching the 1000-yard mark. Olsen has surpassed that mark two seasons in a row. Carolina averages 109.2 rushing yards per game (14th). RB Jonathan Stewart (162 car, 577 yards, 8 TDs) averages 3.6 yards per carry.
Carolina has the 22nd-ranked total defense in the NFL. They allow 272.0 passing yards per game (30th) and 90.2 rushing yards per game (5th). Luke Kuechly has 102 tackles, and Kawann Short has 5.0 sacks. The Panthers ripped the Redskins in a 44-16 home victory last season. That included the defense forcing five turnovers.
Why Bet Washington To Beat the Panthers
Washington is 7-5-1 SU and 9-4 ATS after beating the Philadelphia Eagles 27-22 last week. They average 25.4 points per game (8th) and 24.4 points per game (22nd).
Washington averages 302.8 passing yards per game (2nd). QB Kirk Cousins (4045 yards, 23 TDs & 9 INTs) is expected to sign a big contract in the offseason with his stellar play this season. Cousins completed 14 of 21 passes for 234 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception last week. WR Jamison Crowder (60 rec, 804 yards, 7 TDs) is the leading receiver on the team. WR DeSean Jackson (42 rec, 746 yards, 4 TDs) burned the Eagles last week with three receptions for 102 yards and one touchdown. The team averages 109.3 rushing yards per game (12th). RB Robert Kelley (128 car, 587 yards, 5 TDs) had 16 carries for 63 yards and one touchdown last week.
Washington has the 26th-ranked total defense in the NFL. They average 258.0 passing yards per game (24th) and 112.8 rushing yards per game (21st). Will Compton has 101 tackles and Ryan Kerrigan 11.0 sacks.
Washington cornerback Josh Norman may not be having the same season he enjoyed a year ago in Carolina when he had four interceptions and returned two for touchdowns en route to his team earning the best record in the NFL. However, the Panthers are definitely worse without him patrolling the secondary, and their record reflects that.
“I just see how you come up in a system and you know the guys and you build that bond and everyone knew where you were at that very moment in time,” Norman said. “Then one of those cogs from the system absolutely, abruptly departs and then you try to fill that void and that hole. I mean, shoot, like anything else, it’s going to take time. It’s not just going to pick up and go like you did before, no.”
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Carolina is 3-6-2 ATS in its last 11 games
- Carolina is 1-8-1 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
- Carolina is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
- Washington is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
- Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
- Washington is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Expert ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction
The Redskins have won five of the past six home meetings with Carolina, and they have also gone 8–2 against the spread on the NFL betting lines in their last 10 games versus teams with losing records. However, the Panthers are no ordinary sub-.500 team either as the defending NFC champions, and they will be out to prove that letting Norman sign with Washington was the right move for them as well.
My final score prediction is Carolina 17, Washington 27.