A couple of teams with losing records play for a fist full of pride when the San Diego Chargers visit the Carolina Panthers this Sunday. The Week 14 NFL San Diego Vs Carolina betting spread favors the Panthers by 1-points. Kick-off is this Sunday, December 11th at 1:00 PM ET on CBS from the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
San Diego Chargers Vs Carolina Panthers Spread, ATS Pick & How To Watch
What: San Diego Chargers (5-7) at Carolina Panthers (4-8)
When: Sunday, December 11, 2016
Start Time: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Charlotte, NC
Stadium: Bank of America Stadium
Spread: Panthers -1
Moneyline: San Diego +105 vs Carolina -125
Game Total: 48
Watch: FOX Sports
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: San Diego vs Carolina
Why Bet The San Diego To Beat The Panthers
The San Diego Chargers have lost two of their last three games. Last week, they dropped a 28-21 to the surging Buccaneers. The Bolts are 5-7 SU and 7-5 ATS this season. They average 27.7 points per game (5th) and allow 26.6 points per game (27th).
San Diego averages 266.4 passing yards per game (6th). QB Philip Rivers (3353 yards, 25 TDs & 14 INTs) has thrown seven interceptions in the last three games. He is also returning to the state where he starred in college for North Carolina State. But Rivers has thrown 14 interceptions, marking the second-highest total in the NFL this season. He has also thrown for 25 touchdowns.
With numerous injuries on offense, WR Tyrell Williams (53 rec, 837 yards, 6 TDs) and WR Dontrelle Inman (40 rec, 576 yards, 3 TDs) are the two main receivers on this offense. The Chargers average 101.3 rushing yards per game (21st). RB Melvin Gordon (251 car, 992 yards, 10 TDs) averages 82.7 rushing yards per game. He had 84 rushing yards and a touchdown against Tampa Bay.
The Chargers have the 19th-ranked total defense in the NFL. San Diego gives up 271.0 passing yards per game (27th) and 89.1 rushing yards per game (3rd). They have 21 sacks this season (26th).
Chargers coach Mike McCoy spent nine seasons with the Panthers, serving as receivers coach, quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator.
Why Bet The Carolina Panthers To Beat The Chargers
The Carolina Panthers were embarrassed by the Seattle Seahawks 40-7 last week. It all started with head coach Ron Rivera benching QB Cam Newton due to a wardrobe malfunction in the form of a missing tie. The Panthers are 4-8 SU and 3-7-2 ATS this season. They average 23.6 points per game (14th) and allow 26.8 points per game (28th).
"Lack of discipline. Lack of staying in gaps. I’m disappointed in my play-action pass game,” Panthers LB AJ Klein said. “Overall, it was a poor performance. As a defense, we know that. We think we’re better than what we showed.
Carolina averages 238.3 passing yards per game (20th). QB Cam Newton (2614 yards, 14 TDs & 8 INTs) has struggled all season. Newton completed only 14 of 32 passes for 182 yards and one touchdown against the Seahawks. He has completed less than 50% of his passes in the last three games. TE Greg Olsen (61 rec, 820 yards, 3 TDs) hasn’t scored a touchdown over the last four weeks. The Panthers average 107.8 rushing yards per game (13th). RB Jonathan Stewart (138 car, 511 yards, 7 TDs) had only 50 yards on 11 carries last week.
The Panthers have the 23rd-ranked total defense in the NFL. They allow 277.0 passing yards per game (30th) and 92.8 rushing yards per game (8th). Carolina has 34 sacks this season (2nd).
Carolina head coach Ron Rivera was the Chargers’ linebackers coach in 2007 and then became the defensive coordinator the next year during his four seasons on the San Diego staff. Phillip Rivers was the quarterback during that time.
Betting Trends for this Matchup:
- San Diego is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games
- San Diego is 7-17 SU in its last 24 games
- San Diego is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
- San Diego is 3-12 SU in its last 15 games on the road
- Carolina is 1-2-2 ATS in its last 5 games
- Carolina is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
- Carolina is 8-3-1 ATS in its last 12 games at home
- Carolina is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
- Carolina is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games at home
Chargers Vs Panthers ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction
Carolina has an 0-3 record this season against AFC West teams, so it will try to prevent a sweep in that regard. San Diego is 1-2 against the NFC South.
The public money is slightly tipping in the favor of the Panthers. The late afternoon opening betting spread of Carolina -3 was released on Sunday before the Panthers kicked off against the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football and lost 40-7. The betting on Monday morning opened with Carolina at -1 or -1.5, and the sharps haven’t shown a preference at those numbers.
My final score prediction is San Diego 24, Carolina 27.