Undefeated Panthers, Patriots heavy favorites in Week 11

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The NFL’s two remaining undefeated teams will attempt to remain perfect this weekend, starting with the Carolina Panthers who welcome the Washington Redskins to town on Sunday as 8.5-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The 9-0 Panthers rolled to a lopsided 27-10 win over Tennessee last weekend, easily covering as 3.5-point favorites to improve their against-the-spread record to 7-2.

Carolina has experienced a dramatic reversal of fortune since opening the 2014  season with a dismal 3-8-1 record including an eight-game winless stretch. Since then they have been nearly unstoppable, entering Sunday’s Redskins vs. Panthers betting matchup on a 14-1 SU run with just two ATS losses in their last 12 games.

Quarterback Cam Newton has been the straw that stirs the Panthers drink, racking up 2,037 passing yards and 15 touchdown passes along with an impressive 366 rushing yards and six touchdown runs, accounting for at least two scores in each of the Panthers’ last eight games. As well, the Panthers defense has held opposing rushers to just 67.5 yards per game in their last two, and a sixth-ranked 19.4 points per game.

The Redskins travel south following a crushing 47-14 rout of the New Orleans Saints, improving their SU record to 4-5, just a half-game back of the idle New York Giants in the hotly-contested NFC East.

Their 47-point outburst was their biggest since a 45-41 win over Chicago in Week 7 of the 2013 season, but they have failed to post consecutive straight-up wins this season, and are 0-8 SU in their last eight on the road according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

The New England Patriots will also look to move to 10-0 when they host the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football as 7-point favorites.

Last week the Patriots avoided a fourth straight loss to their arch-nemesis, the Giants, escaping with a 27-26 last-second victory, but have struggled to meet lofty expectations at the sportsbooks with just two ATS wins in their last five games.

The Bills have won two straight SU, both against AFC East divisional rivals, and are 4-1 SU in their last five on the road, starting with a 17-9 win in Foxboro in Week 17 of last season.

In other NFL Week 11 betting action the Titans visit the surging Jacksonville Jaguars as 2.5-point underdogs on Thursday night, while the Bears host the stumbling Denver Broncos as 1.5-point chalk, and the previously undefeated Cincinnati Bengals visit the Arizona Cardinals in a game pegged as a pick’em.

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


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.

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