Carolina Panthers at Oakland Raiders - 11/27/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Carolina Panthers (4-6) at Oakland Raiders (8-2)
NFL Football: Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 4:25 pm (Oakland Alameda Coliseum)
The Line: Oakland Raiders -3 -- Over/Under: 49.5 See the Latest Odds
The Carolina Panthers look to keep their playoff hopes alive when they take on the Oakland Raiders in week 12 NFL action.
The Carolina Panthers started off week 11 with an exciting 23-20 victory over NFC South rival New Orleans on Thursday night football to improve their record to 4-6. The Panthers had a 23-3 leading entering the 4th before letting it shrink down to the final margin of victory. Cam Newton completed just 14 of his 33 pass attempts in the game for 192 yards and a touchdown while being sacked twice on the day. Jonathan Stewart led the Panthers ground attack with 18 carries for 31 yards and a touchdown on the night. Greg Olsen caught a team-high 4 passes for 33 yards while Ted Ginn Jr. logged 46 yards on 3 receptions, including a 40-yard catch and run for Newton’s lone touchdown through the air in the game. Kelvin Benjamin led all Panthers receivers with 56 yards on 3 catches of his own. It was a good effort by the Carolina defense all things considered, they held the Saints offense to 371 yards of total offense which is normally considered a slow night by their standards. Kurt Coleman picked off Drew Brees for the Panthers’ lone interception, while Kony Ealy and Mario Addison both recorded sacks on the night, while Addison recorded a pair including a strip sack and recovery of the fumble that followed. The most notable scene from the game was captain and linebacker Luke Kuechly who was carted off of the field with what appeared to be a concussion as he was in tears after being carried out on the cart. There is no timetable for Kuechly’s return.
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The Oakland Raiders capped off week 11 with a 27-20 victory over the Houston Texans in Mexico City on Monday night football to improve to 8-2. Derek Carr connected on 21 of his 31 pass attempts for 295 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception in the game. Latavius Murray followed up his 20-carry, 114-yard and 3 touchdown game in week 10 by putting up just 33 yards on 12 carries to lead the Raiders ground attack. The Raiders backfield did the majority of the damage in the passing game, as fullback Jamize Olawale led the Raiders with 90 yards and a touchdown on 3 receptions, one of which was the touchdown reception that resulted in 75 yards alone. Latavius Murray caught 5 passes for 59 yards while Amari Cooper led the Raiders receivers with 57 yards and a touchdown on his 4 catches while Jalen Richard caught 3 passes for 50 yards and a touchdown of his own. Defensively, the Raiders allowed the league’s worst passing offense to rack up 243 yards of offense behind QB Brock Osweiler, the highest yardage total for Osweiler since week 6. The Raiders did manage to pick off Osweiler courtesy of Malcolm Smith and a pair of sacks were registered by Bruce Irvin and Khalil Mack to cap off the night for Oakland.
Carolina is 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 0-7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. Oakland is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games while the over is 21-8-1 in their last 30 games following a win. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Carolina is still showing signs of life, but losing Luke Kuechly for the foreseeable future doesn’t bode well against a Raiders offense that has played well for most of the season.
Lay the points with Oakland as they deal Carolina’s playoff hopes a major blow.