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Unbeaten Panthers among betting favorites in Week 13

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The Carolina Panthers will be looking to remain the sole undefeated team in the NFL this season when they visit the New Orleans Saints on Sunday as 7-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Panthers improved their straight-up record to 11-0 last weekend with a lopsided 33-14 win over the Dallas Cowboys, easily covering as 1-point road favorites to extend their current against-the-spread win streak to four games.

Carolina has been almost as strong at the sportsbooks as they have been on the gridiron, taking a 9-2 ATS record, 5-0 ATS on the road, into Sunday afternoon’s Panthers vs. Saints betting matchup at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Panthers have been pegged as underdogs twice, and as favorites by 3.5 or fewer points on six additional occasions this season, despite winning by double-digit margins six times, and by an average of over 21 points per game in their last three.

However, one of their two ATS defeats came against the Saints, who covered as 10-point underdogs in a 27-22 loss in Week 3.

New Orleans followed up that contest with four SU wins in five games, but have struggled since, going winless SU and ATS in their last three, and has struggled to produce offense in their last two, tallying just 10 points per game in losses to Washington and Houston.

The club has compiled a respectable 3-1 SU record, 2-1-1 ATS, in their last four at home against Carolina, but are just 2-5 SU in their last seven meetings overall, 3-4 ATS, according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

The Minnesota Vikings can also earn greater respect at the sportsbooks with a win on Sunday, when they host the Seattle Seahawks as 1-point underdogs.

The 8-3 Vikings took sole possession of top spot in the NFC North last week with a 20-10 win over Atlanta, their third as betting underdogs in the last six weeks. Minnesota has also been pegged as 3-point chalk only twice this year, despite winning by an average margin of over nine points in their eight SU wins.

The 6-5 Seahawks have won four of five to return to playoff contention, but have just one win against teams with winning records, and are 1-2 SU and ATS in their last three visits to Minnesota.

In other NFL Week 13 betting action, the Green Bay Packers will try to keep pace with Minnesota when they visit the Detroit Lions on Thursday night as 3-point chalk, while the Falcons battle the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as 1-point underdogs, and the New England Patriots host the Philadelphia Eagles as 9.5-point favorites.

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

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Colts vs. Seahawks

Start time: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV channel: NBC

Live stream: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app