Carolina Panthers at Washington Redskins - 12/19/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Carolina Panthers (5-8) at Washington Redskins (7-5-1)
NFL Football: Monday, December 19, 2016 at 8:30 pm (FedExField)
The Line: Washington Redskins -6.5 -- Over/Under: 50.5 See the Latest Odds
The Carolina Panthers will head to FedEx Field to take on the Washington Redskins in week 15’s edition of Monday Night Football
The Carolina Panthers will come into this one looking to finish strong after splitting their last 6 games. Their most recent outing ended with a 28-16 victory over the San Diego Chargers. Cam Newton completed just 10 of 27 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown that was cancelled out by an interception while being sacked twice on the day. Jonathan Stewart notched 66 yards and a touchdown on his 24 carries to lead the Panthers backfield. Greg Olsen led the Carolina receiving core with 4 receptions for 87 yards while Devin Funchess caught a pair of passes for 33 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, The Panthers got after San Diego and quarterback Philip Rivers, picking Rivers off 3 times and sacking him 5 times throughout the game. Carolina also forced a pair of fumbles and recovered both as well, while holding the Chargers to just 276 yards of total offense.
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The Washington Redskins will be looking to keep their playoff hopes alive with a win here. Washington snapped a 2-game losing streak with a 27-22 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in week 14. Kirk Cousins completed 14 of his 21 pass attempts for 234 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception while being sacked twice in the win. Rob Kelley led the ‘Skins with 63 yards and a touchdown on his 16 carries while Chris Thompson used his 3 carries to rack up 38 yards and a score of his own. Desean Jackson led the Washington receiving core with 102 yards and a touchdown as part of his 3 catches in the game, while Pierre Garcon came 2nd with 59 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 5 receptions. Defensively, the Redskins allowed 383 yards of total offense, but balanced that by sacking Philly QB Carson Wentz 4 times and picking him off once while also forcing 3 fumbles.
Carolina is 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 road games while the over is 13-3 in their last 16 against a team with a winning record. Washington is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the over is 16-5 in their last 21 vs. the NFC. The road team is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings between these two teams.
All matchup trends point to taking Carolina, but I just can’t back the Panthers in the state they’re in. They know they’re pretty much done, needing a bunch of help from almost everybody to get to the 2nd wild card spot. Washington on the other hand is only a half game back because of their tie in London, and they surely won’t want that to play a part in them making or missing the playoffs.
Lay the points with Washington.