Washington Redskins vs. Carolina Panthers - 10/14/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Carolina Panthers (3-1) at Washington Redskins (2-2)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm (FedExField)
The Line: Washington Redskins -2 -- Over/Under: 44.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Carolina Panthers and Washington Redskins meet Sunday in NFL action at FedEx Field.
The Carolina Panthers look for their first road victory of the season to build on their lead in the NFC South. The Carolina Panthers have lost four of their last six road games. Cam Newton is completing 65.4 percent of his passes for 883 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Newton has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last 10 games. Devin Funchess and Christian McCaffrey have combined for 430 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Jarius Wright has 12 receptions. The Carolina Panthers ground game is averaging 154 yards per contest, and McCaffrey leads the way with 329 yards on 63 carries. Defensively, Carolina is allowing 22.8 points and 375.5 yards per game. Luke Kuechly leads the Carolina Panthers with 29 tackles, Mario Addison has 2.5 sacks and Donte Jackson has three interceptions.
The Washington Redskins need a victory here to get a game above a .500 record and keep pace in the wide open NFC East. The Washington Redskins have won four of their last five home games. Alex Smith is completing 65.9 percent of his passes for 1,042 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Smith has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last 11 games. Chris Thompson and Jordan Reed have combined for 389 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Paul Richardson has 13 receptions. The Washington Redskins ground game is averaging 137.7 yards per contest, and Adrian Peterson leads the way with 242 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Washington is allowing 14.7 points and 278 yards per game. Mason Foster leads the Washington Redskins with 27 tackles, Matt Ioannidis has three sacks and D.J. Swearinger has two interceptions.
The Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss, 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win. The Redskins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. NFC and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in October. The Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Washington, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the underdog is 10-2 ATS in their last 12 meetings.
The Carolina Panthers have really stepped it up offensively in their last two games and their +5 turnover margin is one of the best in the league. The Washington Redskins were lit on fire Monday night against the New Orleans Saints, and you have to question if that's the real Redskins considering their previous three games were played against teams with a combined SU record of 4-10-1. The Carolina Panthers are 12-5-2 ATS in their last 19 games when an underdog of at least two points. The Washington Redskins are 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games when favored by at least two points. I'm not sure what to make of the Redskins right now, as Alex Smith still isn't capable of quick drives when his team gets behind, I don't trust either Gruden as a head coach and the defense didn't show any positives in its recent performance. There's a strong case to be made we're getting the better team and free points, and it also helps the Panthers are the more rested team as well. It's not easy to prepare after a Monday night game considering Monday is usually the players off day. I'll take my free points.