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Carolina Panthers vs. Baltimore Ravens - 10/28/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Baltimore Ravens (4-3) at Carolina Panthers (4-2)
Date & Time Sunday October 28, 2018, 1:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Carolina Panthers +1 -- Over/Under: 43.5
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NFL | Baltimore Ravens (4-3) at Carolina Panthers (4-2)
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The Baltimore Ravens and Carolina Panthers meet Sunday in NFL action at Bank of America Stadium.

The Baltimore Ravens look for their third road win of the season to build on their lead in the AFC North. The Baltimore Ravens have split their last eight road games. Joe Flacco is completing 61.7 percent of his passes for 2,067 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. Flacco has two or more touchdown passes in eight of his last 12 games. John Brown and Michael Crabtree have combined for 967 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Willie Snead IV has 33 receptions. The Baltimore Ravens ground game is averaging 96 yards per contest, and Alex Collins leads the way with 309 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Baltimore is allowing 14.4 points and 280.6 yards per game. Tony Jefferson leads the Baltimore Ravens with 42 tackles, Za'Darius Smith has 5.5 sacks and Brandon Carr has one interception. 

The Carolina Panthers look to remain undefeated at home while keeping pace in the competitive NFC South. The Carolina Panthers have won each of their last eight home games. Cam Newton is completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 1,427 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. Newton has two or more touchdown passes in each of his last five games. Devin Funchess and Christian McCaffrey have combined for 663 receiving yards and four touchdowns while DJ Moore has 13 receptions. The Carolina Panthers ground game is averaging 136.3 yards per contest, and McCaffrey leads the way with 378 yards on 78 carries. Defensively, Carolina is allowing 21.8 points and 355.3 yards per game. Luke Kuechly leads the Carolina Panthers with 53 tackles, Mario Addison has 4.5 sacks and Donte Jackson has three interceptions.

The Ravens are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 road games, 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 games in October and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games on grass. The Panthers are 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in October. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 9-4 in Panthers last 13 games overall and the under is 4-0 in Ravens last 4 games overall.

The Baltimore Ravens are coming off a brutal loss to the New Orleans Saints in which they had a double-digit lead at one point and then missed an extra point late. The Carolina Panthers have quietly been one of the more consistent teams in the league, as they have quality wins and their only two losses came on the road by a combined 13 points. The Baltimore Ravens have failed to cover five of their last eight games as a favorite of any kind. The Carolina Panthers have covered 12 of their last 17 games when an underdog of any kind. I'm concerned with the Ravens lack of consistent offensive production, as they rely a bit too much on that defense. The Panthers are averaging 26.6 points at home this season and Newton seems to make plays at the right time through the air. I'm honestly confused as to why the Panthers are a slight underdog at home here, but I won't ask many questions. Give me the Panthers and the free point.

Carolina Panthers +1

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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