Carolina Panthers at Cincinnati Bengals - 10/12/14 NFL Pick, Odds, Prediction
Carolina Panthers (3-2) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-1)
NFL Football: Sunday
The Line: Cincinnati Bengals -6.5 -- Over/Under: 43.5 See the Latest Odds
The Carolina Panthers and Cincinnati Bengals play Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.
The Carolina Panthers got back on track last week with a win over the Chicago Bears and can only hope their defense gets back on track. The Panthers, who were supposed to have one of the top defenses in the league, are allowing 24 points, 368.4 yards, and they’ve forced 10 turnovers and 12 sacks. The Carolina Panthers have lost five of their last six games when allowing 21 or more points. Luke Kuechly leads the Panthers with 61 tackles and Dwan Edwards has three sacks. Cam Newton is completing 61.2 percent of his passes for five touchdowns and one interception. Newton will have to play well in this game considering the Panthers have no running game and will be without leading rusher DeAngelo Williams. Rookie Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen have combined for close to 700 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.
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The Cincinnati Bengals are looking to bounce back from their embarrassing loss to the New England Patriots. Andy Dalton is completing 64.8 percent of his passes for four touchdowns and one interception. Dalton and Cincy will be without leading wide receiver A.J. Green due to a toe injury. That puts a lot of pressure on running back Giovani Bernard, who leads the Bengals with 247 yards and three touchdowns, and he is also third on the team with 158 receiving yards. Receiver Mohamed Sanu has hauled in a touchdown in two of his last three games. Defensively, the Cincinnati Bengals are allowing 19 points, 390.8 yards, and they’ve forced seven turnovers and eight sacks. Emmanuel Lamur leads the Bengals with 29 tackles and Carlos Dunlap has three sacks.
The Panthers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in October and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Bengals are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 home games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The favorite is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
I don't trust the Bengals without Green on the field. The Panthers defense is still one of the better units in the country and should be able to keep this game close. I also wouldn't be surprised if Carolina won SU.