Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins will try to hand Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers their first loss of the season when they square off in their Week 11 NFC conference clash on Sunday. The Redskins got a convincing win the last time out, but winning two in a row will be an uphill battle that may be too much for Washington to handle.
The NFL Week 11 betting line favors Carolina by 7.5-points to beat Washington. Now, let’s find out if the Redskins have what it takes to either get the outright road win or ATS cover.
A Closer Look At How To Bet The Washington Vs Carolina Line
What: Washington (4-5) at Carolina Panthers (9-0)
When: Sunday, November 22, 2015
Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Charlotte, NC
Stadium: Bank of America Stadium
Weather: 59° F | Scattered Cloud
Spread: Panthers -7.5
Moneyline: Washington +255 vs Carolina -310
Game Total: 45
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Washington vs Carolina
Bet The Washington Redskins at +7.5 Because…
The Washington tight end has scored five times in the last three weeks. And while the Panthers’ defense is stingy, it has struggled against tight ends.
Washington beat the hell out of Drew Brees and the reeling Saints en route to a convincing 47-14 win as a 1-point road dog as Kirk Cousins completed 20 of 25 passes for 324 yards and four touchdowns while finishing with a perfect passer rating of 158.3.
"You have a perfect passer rating you’re going to be pretty good," head coach Jay Gruden said. "I think the offensive line did a good job. I think players took some short passes, turned them into big plays for him. He delivered the ball with efficiency, with great decision making and the results were outstanding obviously."
"He’s growing as a quarterback and a leader," Redskins nose tackle Terrance Knighton said of Cousins. "He’s playing with a lot of confidence right now."
Veteran running back Alfred Morris rushed 15 times for 92 yards while fellow running back Matt Jones caught three passes for 131 yards and one score.
Defensively, Washington also picked off Brees two times and sacked the future Hall of Famer on two other occasions. For the season, Cousins has completed an impressive 67.9 percent of his passes for 2,278 yards with14 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Washington is ranked 18th in scoring (22.8 ppg) and 16th in points allowed (23.2 ppg).
Bet The Carolina Panthers at -7.5 Because…
This is Cam’s world and we are just living in it!
The Panthers won ‘ugly’ again in Week 11, beating rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans 27-10 to easily cover the spread as a 3.5-point home favorite.
"We just understand that guy is capable of putting up big numbers and he’s shown it," Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis said. "We know they’re a much different team when he’s in the lineup and we knew we had to be on our A game today."
Newton completed a blistering 21 of 26 pass attempts for 217 yards and one touchdown while rushing nine times for 23 yards and another score. Veteran running back Jonathan Stewart rushed 22 times for 91 yards and an additional score and the Panthers limited Mariota to 185 passing yards with no touchdowns and one pick.
"We feel that it (was) a trap game," Newton said after completing his first 11 passes against Washington. "We’ve had game after game where the stakes were high and they’re going to get higher each and every week. We knew we had to start fast as an offense."
For the season, Newton has completed 56.3 percent of his passes for 2,037 yards with 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Newton has tossed six touchdown passes over his last three games.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
I have no idea why 51 percent of public bettors like Washington to get the ATS cover in this contest, but I sure don’t!
Carolina has found a way to win every game this season, even against elite teams like Seattle and Green Bay and I just don’t see them slipping up against a mediocre Redskins team that a lot of people have apparently forgot, still has a losing record.
Kirk Cousins has gone a couple of games without one of his patented two-interception games, but I say that streak is about to come to an unceremoniously end against Carolina’s stupendous defense.
The Redskins have compiled a dismal 7-15 ATS mark in their last 22 games and are just 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an S.U. win and 1-5 ATS in their last six road games.
Conversely, Carolina has gone a perfect 4-0 ATS in their last four games against their NFC counterparts and a near-perfect 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
I know the road team in this series is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings and that the underdog has gone 9-1 ATS in their last 10 meetings, but it won’t matter this time around with Carolina going 5-2 ATS in their last seven games versus a team with a losing record and 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 home games against a team with a losing road record.
Mark my words, Kirk Cousins will not be able to utter his now infamous, ‘You like that…you like that?” line after the conclusion of this Week 11 matchup!