Carolina Panthers at Los Angeles Rams - 11/6/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Carolina Panthers (2-5) at Los Angeles Rams (3-4)
NFL Football: Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 4:05 pm (Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum)
The Line: Los Angeles Rams +3 -- Over/Under: 44.5 See the Latest Odds
The Carolina Panthers head to the City of Angels to take on the L.A. Rams in week 9 NFL action.
The Carolina Panthers improved to 2-5 following a 30-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in week 8. Cam Newton completed just 14 of his 27 pass attempts for 212 yards while being sacked once on the afternoon. The major story post-game however were the statements made by Newton about being a repeated victim of illegal hits, which led to a meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell earlier this week regarding the issue. Jonathan Stewart led the Panthers with 95 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Kelvin Benjamin made the most of his pair of receptions on the day, logging 73 yards in the process while Ted Ginn Jr. caught a team-high 5 passes for 53 yards. Defensively, the Panthers got the ball rolling early, by opening the scoring with a 46-yard fumble recovery and runback for a touchdown by Thomas Davis. Six different Panthers contributed to the team total of 8 sacks on the day of Cardinals QB Carson Palmer, including Luke Kuechly, Daryl Worley, Leonard Johnson, Kawann Short and Charles Johnson, while the remaining 3 sacks came courtesy of defensive tackle Star Lotulelei. And if things couldn’t get worse for the Cardinals, no one told Carolina defensive end Kony Ealy, who picked off the aforementioned Palmer as well.
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The Los Angeles Rams are coming off of a bye week in week 8, however it was much needed as the Rams lost their 3rd straight game in week 7, a 17-10 defeat at the hands of the New York Giants in England. Case Keenum completed 32 of 53 passes for 291 yards and a touchdown, which would have been a solid stat line had he not thrown 4 interceptions, including an atrocious pick to New York defensive back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie where the receiver and Keenum miscommunicated and there was no Ram within 15-20 yards of DRC. Todd Gurley led the Rams ground attack with 57 rushing yards on his 15 carries. Brian Quick registered a team-high 92 yards on 4 receptions while Tavon Austin caught a game-high 10 passes for 57 yards and the Rams lone offensive touchdown on the day. You rarely lose a game when you hold your opponent to just 232 yards of total offense, however that’s exactly what happened to the Rams as the costly turnovers by the offense made the task too difficult as the Giants simply made the plays when they counted the most.
Carolina is 0-7 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the over is 19-7 in their last 26 games vs. the NFC. Los Angeles is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a bye week and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 week 9 matchups while the under is 14-5 in their last 19 games overall. Carolina is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I was not necessarily sold too easily on the Panthers, as they have stunk it up this season against the spread. However, this may be the time to turn it around as Carolina seems to have turned the corner and now gets to feast on a slumping Rams team that they have owned over the years.
Carolina and the low line is the play here.