Carolina Panthers vs. Kansas City Chiefs Betting Predictions

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Carolina Panthers vs. Kansas City Chiefs Betting Predictions

The Carolina Panthers head to Kansas City in a precarious position after suffering a third-straight defeat last week in Atlanta. The Panthers have hung tough in every game in those three weeks, but this might be their biggest challenge as they face the Chiefs. Kansas City has steamrolled in their last two games, though, that isn’t saying much after playing the Jets last week. The Chiefs are the better team, but this game might be closer than people expect.

Carolina Panthers vs. Kansas City Chiefs Betting Odds

To understand the issues Carolina has on offense, we need to look at Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore. The two receivers are the leading duo in the NFL this season as they both have over 600 receiving yards on the season. Yet they have also combined for just four touchdown receptions as Carolina ranks 25th in points scored this season. Teddy Bridgewater and the offense have found ways to move the ball, but the unit hasn’t been scoring a lot even against poor defenses, which is a major issue. Defensively, the Panthers are very underrated as they rank 13th in points allowed and 15th in yards allowed. They rank second in the fewest passing touchdowns allowed in the league, which will again put pressure on the Chiefs’ rushing game to be productive.

Kansas City is riding high on the arm of Patrick Mahomes, who threw five touchdowns last week against the hapless Jets. The Chiefs’ passing attack is a major weapon with Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill as the main receivers, but there is some concern about them running the football consistently. Kansas City ranks 29th in rushing and had just 50 yards on the ground last week and just 101 the week before against the Broncos. They’ve had 101 yards or fewer on the ground in four of the last five weeks, which doesn’t match up well with Carolina’s defense. The Chiefs also have a problem at times with finishing drives and have instead been forced to kick field goals, which is something Carolina is good at forcing as well.

The key to betting on this game is giving the proper respect to the Panthers defense and how well it has been playing. Carolina has allowed 27 or fewer points in six straight games ,yet the New Jersey online sports betting sites are setting the over/under on the Chiefs’ points at 32.5 points. The Panthers’ offense has struggled as well, and that likely won’t change much this week, though Carolina’s receiving duo will test the Chiefs. I definitely suggest taking the under 32.5 points for the Chiefs at -108 odds and under 20 points for the Panthers at -106 odds. But that also means looking at the alternate totals and taking under 48.5 points for +150 odds for the total points in the game.

Chiefs to win

I’m a little concerned about the Chiefs being 10.5-point favorites because that spread does not match what we have seen on the field in recent weeks. Carolina has lost three straight games, but all of those contests were by one score in tough, hard-fought games. The Panthers are going to keep this game close with Kansas City, which has benefitted in recent weeks from easy opponents. The Chiefs will most likely win, but I don’t think it will be by more than one score, so I’m going to take Carolina plus 7.5 points at +130 odds at the NFL betting sites in New Jersey.

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