The 2016 NFL season kicks off with a Thursday night Super Bowl rematch between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers, but the contest does not have the same glitz and glamour many people were hoping for.
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- The total has gone UNDER in four of the Panthers’ last five games against the Broncos.
- The total has gone UNDER in the Broncos’ last five games after consecutive wins.
- The Panthers are 8-0 SU and ATS in their last eight games as a favorite of 3.0 or less.
Oddsmakers have tabbed the Panthers as 3-point favorites, with the OVER/UNDER sitting at 41.5 at the time of writing. The biggest change in this matchup is the man under center for Denver. After winning his second Super Bowl, Peyton Manning decided to ride off into the sunset, leaving a gaping hole at the quarterback position in the Mile High City.
After briefly experimenting (and failing) with Mark Sanchez, the Broncos will turn to inexperienced signal-caller Trevor Siemian to start the year. Denver still boasts the league’s top defense, and they proved in the Super Bowl that you don’t need a stud quarterback to win games. This one may be closer than many people are expecting.
Cam Newton and company are back and hungry for more in the wake of their meltdown in the big game. The Panthers are getting talented wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin back, and the defense can go toe-to-toe with anybody. This team is good – damn good. In Carolina’s last 30 games as a favorite, they’re 27-3 and 18-11-1 ATS. That’s a very appealing number for sports bettors looking to get in on Week 1 action.
Denver has historically been a fast-starting team. The Broncos are a sizzling 10-1 SU in their last 11 September games.
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Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Those siding with the visitors in this matchup saw the Carolina Panthers listed as 1-point underdogs at shops such as Bodog. Meanwhile, the over under line for the betting matchup was at 43.5 over at 5Dimes.
Odds – Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 23-16 victory for the Broncos. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.
Carolina Panthers vs Denver Broncos Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
Denver bring a 15-4 record (9-7-3 ATS) to the Week 1 betting matchup against the 17-2 Carolina Panthers, who are 13-6 ATS against the spread. Over under betting has seen Denver go 6-11-2 so far and the Panthers go 12-7. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Denver vs Carolina injuries news.
It’s a betting matchup between the No. 8-rated Denver Broncos and the No. 3-ranked Carolina Panthers, according to the NFL Power Rankings here at Odds – Shark .
Offensively, the game matches up the Denver Broncos No. 18-ranked offense (22.21 PPG) against a Carolina Panthers defense that ranks No. 6 at 19.53 PPG. The Broncos passing attack has averaged 233.37 yards per game, more than the Panthers give up through the air (231.89 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Carolina Panthers feature the league’s No. 8-rated road run defense, allowing 93.89 yards per game. The Denver Broncos, meanwhile, ranks No. 15 in rushing offense at home.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
In their last game, the Panthers were Super Bowl losers coming out on the wrong end of 24-10 score against Denver.
- Carolina is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games
- Carolina is 17-2 SU in its last 19 games
- The total has gone OVER in 12 of Carolina’s last 17 games
- Carolina is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
- Denver is 2-3-2 ATS in its last 7 games
- Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Denver’s last 5 games
- Denver is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Carolina home to San Francisco, Sunday, September 18th
Denver home to Indianapolis, Sunday, September 18th
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