Panthers vs. Raiders Prediction
Will the Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders put on an offensive show when they meet this afternoon at 4:25PM ET?
According to the oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Raiders are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -3 points against the Panthers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 49.5 points. Carolina has won the last two meetings of this series and the two have hit the under in their last two encounters.
Oakland has won four straight coming into this game to move to 8-2 on the season. The Raiders are also 8-2 with the over this season, hitting it in four straight games and six of their last seven. The Raiders are averaging 27.2 points and 398 yards per game on offense. Derek Carr is having a tremendous season, as he has thrown for 2,800 passing yards and 20 touchdowns with just four interceptions. The Oakland run game has 1,180 yards and 11 touchdowns on the year, led by Latavius Murray, who has 426 yards and eight scores. Amari Cooper has caught 62 passes for 900 yards and three scores. Defensively, Oakland is giving up 24.3 points and 402.3 yards per game. They have forced 17 turnovers.
Carolina is trying to make a push back into the playoff picture, winning three of its last four to move to 4-6 on the year. Carolina is now 5-5 with the over/under total this season, hitting the under in three straight games. Carolina’s defense has been disappointing this year, giving up 24.6 points and 371.9 yards per game. They really struggle against the pass, allowing 290 yards per game. Luke Kuechly suffered a concussion last week and is out for this game. Offensively, Carolina is averaging 24.4 points and 371.4 yards per game. Cam Newton has thrown for 2,186 yards and 11 touchdowns while rushing for 268 yards and four scores. Greg Olsen has been his leading receiver with 54 catches for 745 yards and three touchdowns.
Regardless of opponent, the Raiders have hit the over lately. They had a 50-point total against the Broncos and a 55-point total against the Ravens. Oakland has scored at least 27 points in six of its last seven games and I don’t see the Panthers stopping that. Oakland has also given up at least 20 points in three straight and the Panthers still have big-play potential with Newton, especially against the Raiders.
NFL WEEK 12 PREDICTION: PANTHERS/RAIDERS OVER 49.5