Undefeated Panthers slim favorites over Eagles on Sunday Night Football

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The Carolina Panthers will be gunning for a sixth consecutive straight-up victory and the 11th in their last 12 games when they play host to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football as 3-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Panthers improved to 5-0 SU last weekend with a 27-23 come-from-behind win over the Seattle Seahawks, picking up the against-the-spread victory as 7-point road underdogs and avenging their 31-17 loss to the Seahawks in last season’s playoffs.

Carolina takes a five-game SU home winning streak into Sunday night’s Eagles vs. Panthers betting matchup at Bank of America Stadium, but has struggled at the sportsbooks, going 2-3 ATS during the stretch.

Carolina was forced to overcome a second-half deficit in their 27-22 win over the New Orleans Saints in Week 3, but have otherwise been dominant this season, claiming victory by an average margin of 7.6 points per game.

The Eagles have recovered from their sluggish start with a pair of decisive wins in their last two outings, dominating the New York Giants 27-7 as 3.5-point chalk on Monday night after crushing the Saints 39-17 as 6.5-point favorites in Week 5.

But Philadelphia has produced mediocre results in recent road matchups, going 1-2 SU and ATS this season, including a 23-20 loss in Washington as 3-point favorites in Week 4, and are 4-6 SU and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games.

In addition, Philadelphia has been a betting disappointment when pegged as underdogs, recording a 1-4 SU (2-3 ATS) record in their last five such games according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

Eagles pivot Sam Bradford has also faced adversity in previous visits to Carolina.

Bradford led the St. Louis Rams against the Panthers two years ago but came up short as 7-point underdogs in a 30-15 loss. The following summer Bradford suffered a knee injury in a preseason contest in Carolina that ended his 2014 campaign.

However, the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft will be able to lean on the Eagles’ recent strong record against Carolina, with SU and ATS wins in five of their last seven meetings, including a lopsided 45-21 victory last season.

Broncos double-digit favorites on Sunday night vs. winless, depleted Giants

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The Denver Broncos head into Sunday night with the largest spread they have had at home after a bye week in at least 25 years. The Broncos are 11.5-point favorites against the winless New York Giants with a 38.5-point total for the Week 6 Sunday Night Football matchup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Denver is 6-1 straight-up and against the spread in post-bye week games dating back to 2010. There’s a similar long-running trend of Denver being 7-2 SU and ATS in home games following a bye week since 2003. However, this is the first time since 1996 that Denver has been a double-digit favorite in that scenario.

The Giants, which are 0-5 SU and 2-3 ATS, had three wide receivers, including Odell Beckham Jr., sustain season-ending injuries last week. That has left QB Eli Manning with WR Roger Lewis (15 career catches) and WR Tavarres King as his main outside targets. Slot WR Sterling Shephard (sprained ankle) could be inactive.

While team performances tend to gravitate toward the mean with time, the Giants will need to show something new – with replacement-level personnel – in order to move the ball against a Denver pass defense which allows only 6.2 yards per pass, fifth-best in the NFL.

The Broncos’ top-ranked defense, led by OLB Von Miller, is also first in run defense and has every starter healthy. While NFC teams are a combined 1-10 SU on the road against Denver since 2012, the Giants are a solid 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against the AFC.

Denver, 3-1 SU and 2-1-1 ATS, has been quietly efficient on offense. The Broncos, with QB Trevor Siemian, are in the middle of the NFL pack in yards per pass, but they are facing a Giants secondary that is minus CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (suspension) and has also had inconsistent play from CB Eli Apple.

Denver, 7-2 ATS over its last nine home games in October, has been good at opening holes for the tandem of C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles, who are each capable of making things happen in the open field if the tackling gets sloppy. New York also won’t have DT Olivier Vernon drawing double teams up front and keeping blockers off MLB Damon Harrison.

Unless the Broncos stop themselves, they should be able to grind out a workmanlike win.

The total has gone over in three of the Giants’ last four games against the Broncos, according to the OddsShark NFL Database. The total has gone over in six of the Broncos’ last seven games as a favorite of 11.0 points or more.

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Watch Indianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks live on NBC

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The Seattle Seahawks host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football as both teams look to get back to .500.

Russell Wilson will be the focal point of the Seahawks offense after throwing for a career-high 373 yards and four touchdowns in a losing effort vs. the Titans in Week 3. Wilson’s ability to avoid the rush and use his legs will be on full display as Seattle’s offensive line continues to struggle.

On the defensive side, the Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” will look to get back on track at home in a raucous environment against Colts QB Jacoby Brissett who is filling in for an injured Andrew Luck.

If the Colts have any chance to pull off the upset on the road, Brissett will have to use his legs and connect on some deep throws to T.Y. Hilton.

Football Night in America

Start time: 7:00 p.m. ET

TV channel: NBC

Live stream: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app

Colts vs. Seahawks

Start time: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV channel: NBC

Live stream: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app