NFL Free Pick: DEN/CAR

Two teams likely heading to the playoffs in their respective conferences are set to do battle in Charlotte this week as the Carolina Panthers host the Denver Broncos.

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Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made the Panthers –7.5 point spread favorite. The over/under for this game has been set at 48 total points.

Key Trend: The Broncos are 4-2 against the spread in their last six games on the road, while the over has hit in nine of Denver’s last 13 games on the road.

Key Stat: Denver is averaging 280.4 passing yards a game, while the Panthers are averaging just 146.2 YPC through the air this year.

Game Outlook: The Panthers are a quality team coming off an impressive victory against division rival Tampa Bay on Monday night. They’ve also been excellent at home this season, but the Broncos are starting to play better defensively and we like Jay Cutler’s chances of success against an average Carolina secondary. Both of these teams are playoff bound, so one would assume that things are going to be close throughout. Losing Payton Hillis hurts Denver’s running game, but Cutler has proven that he can carry this team to wins by putting the ball in the air. The Panthers will probably walk away with a win, but the Broncos should cover.

Our Free NFL Pick for the Week 15 matchup between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers game is

DENVER BRONCOS +7.5

TheSpread.com Projected Final Score

Carolina Panthers 34

Denver Broncos 27

We also predict that this game will GO OVER THE TOTAL (48 Sports Interaction.com) SET BY ODDSMAKERS

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Posted: 12/14/08 12:00PM ET

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