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Panthers Super Bowl LI betting favorites despite defeat

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Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers came up short in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday despite being the clear betting favorites for the contest at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Panthers, however, are expected to be contenders for the title once again next season, as they opened among the favorites on the odds to win Super Bowl LI at the sportsbooks.

Carolina fell 24-10 to Peyton Manning and the Broncos in Santa Clara on Sunday, with Newton completing just 18 of his 41 pass attempts for 265 yards against the smothering Denver defense with no touchdowns and one interception. Newton also ran for 45 yards on six carries, while Jonathan Stewart ran for 29 yards and scored the team’s lone touchdown.

The Panthers had the best record in the NFL during the regular season at 15-1, and completed their campaign at 17-2 straight up and 13-6 against the spread. So despite their stumble at Super Bowl 50 the Panthers still opened as +900 co-favorites on the odds to win Super Bowl 51 – putting them tied with the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks.

The Patriots were edged 20-18 by the Broncos in the AFC Championship Game, after slipping in the final weeks of the regular season and ceding home-field advantage in the AFC side of the playoff bracket to their rivals. The Seahawks ran up against the Panthers in the second round of the playoffs, falling 31-24 at Bank of America Stadium. Seattle finished 10-6 during the regular season last year, while New England was 12-4.

The Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers are both set at +1200 on the early odds to win Super Bowl 51, with Green Bay falling to the Arizona Cardinals in the second round of the playoffs and Pittsburgh losing to Denver in the second round. Both the Packers and the Steelers suffered key injuries in the past season and will be looking to be healthier in 2016.

The Cardinals then are set at +1400 on the odds to win Super Bowl 51, after they were crushed 49-15 by the Panthers in the NFC Championship Game. Arizona was 13-3 in 2015.

And the Broncos are then tied with the Dallas Cowboys at +1600 on the opening Super Bowl 51 odds, with Denver’s quarterback situation in flux as Manning decides on his retirement plans. Despite a sub-par and injury-filled year from Manning in 2015 the Broncos still claimed the top seed in the AFC on tiebreakers at 12-4; Brock Osweiler played a chunk of that slate.

Dallas will be hoping a full season out of quarterback Tony Romo gets them back into the mix.

Rounding out the top contenders on the early Super Bowl 51 odds, the Cincinnati Bengals are at +2000, with the Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, and Minnesota Vikings at +2500.

NFC East teams in spotlight on Week 12 NFL betting lines

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The Washington Redskins will be going for a share of first place in the NFC East when they welcome the division-leading New York Giants to the nation’s capital on Sunday as 3-point betting underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Washington dropped its ninth consecutive straight-up decision on the road in a 44-16 loss to Carolina last weekend, and enters Sunday afternoon’s Giants vs. Redskins betting matchup at FedExField with a middling 4-6 SU record.

However, the Redskins have been tough to beat at home, posting SU wins in each of their last four, and remain just a game back of New York in the tight divisional race

The Giants return to action following a bye last weekend, but dropped to 2-3 SU in their last five with their 26-24 loss to the New England Patriots two weeks ago. With just two games separating first and last place in the division, Sunday’s matchup is critical to both club’s tenuous playoff hopes.

The Giants posted a 32-21 win over Washington in Week 3, covering as 3-point favorites, but are just 2-2 SU against divisional rivals, while the Redskins, 1-1 in the division, have four games remaining against NFC East rivals, which could prove to be the difference in the divisional race.

The 4-6 Philadelphia Eagles will also try to keep pace with New York and Washington when they visit the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day as betting 1-point favorites.

It has been a hugely disappointing season for the Eagles, who opened the season with strong 17/2 odds to win Super Bowl 50, but have lost three of their last four SU, putting their playoff hopes in serious doubt.

The Lions have won two straight on the strength of solid defense, holding opponents to just 14.5 points per game in those victories, but have lost seven of their last eight SU against Philadelphia according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

The Dallas Cowboys look for a second straight win when they host the Carolina Panthers on Thanksgiving in a game pegged as a pick ’em at the sportsbooks.

The 3-7 Cowboys lost seven straight while pivot Tony Romo was sidelined with injury, but rebounded with a 24-14 victory over Miami last weekend and have won five straight against the currently undefeated Panthers.

In other NFL Week 12 betting action, the Patriots vie for a 14th straight SU win when they visit the Denver Broncos as 5.5-point chalk, while the Dolphins will try to revive their fading playoff hopes when they visit the New York Jets as 3.5-point underdogs.

Tony Romo posts incredible tweet, suggests Cowboys could win it all (Video)

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Tony Romo knows just how to fire Dallas Cowboys fans up.

Late Tuesday morning, the Cowboys quarterback tweeted a ‘winky-face’ emoticon and a clip from the classic movie “Major League.” In the clip, veteran catcher Jake Taylor stands up in a somber locker room and says, “Well I guess there’s one thing left to do.” “What’s that,” asks a teammate. Taylor responds with one of the most iconic lines from the film.

The tweet comes just days after a Cowboys loss that left them 2-7 and fourth in the NFC East. Kudos to Romo for trying to inspire a fan base during such a dreadful season.

*Warning: Clip contains profanity*