Los Angeles Rams at Carolina Panthers - 9/8/19 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Rams at Carolina Panthers
Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 12:00 PM (Bank of America Stadium)
The Line: Carolina Panthers +1.5 -- Over/Under: 50
The Los Angeles Rams and Carolina Panthers meet Sunday in NFL action at Bank of America Stadium.
The Los Angeles Rams have won a combined 24 games the last two years and have a chance to make three straight playoff appearances for the first time since 1999-2001. The Los Angeles Rams have won six of their last eight road games. The Los Angeles Rams have won three of their last four regular season openers. The Los Angeles Rams finished last year ranked second in offensive yards per game and points per game. Defensively, the Rams finished 20th in points allowed and 19th in yards allowed. With Jared Goff and Sean McVay leading the offense, the Rams will once again be one of the scariest units in the league. Defensively, the Rams lost some key players, but Aaron Donald is back for another year and is a favorite to win Defensive Player of the Year. The Rams need to be better defensively if they’re going to make a return trip to the Big Game.
The Carolina Panthers hope to rebound from a seven-win season and enter a ninth year under coach Ron Rivera. The Carolina Panthers have split their last six home games. The Carolina Panthers have won four of their last five regular season openers. The Carolina Panthers finished last year ranked 10th in offensive yards per game and 14th in points per game. Defensively, the Panthers finished 19th in points allowed and 14th in yards allowed. The Panthers should be a respectable defensive team this season, but the offense leaves a lot to be desired. You never know if Cam Newton is going to be healthy, and outside of Christian McCaffrey, there’s not a lot of depth at the skill positions. If the Panthers are going to compete in a loaded NFC South, the offense needs to drastically improve overnight, and I’m just not sure that’s capable of taking place.
The Rams are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games in Week 1, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NFC and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Panthers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games on grass, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Rams are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Carolina and 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Panthers last 5 games overall. The under is 4-0 in Rams last 4 road games.
I'm always hesitant to back west coast teams coming over to the east coast, and the Los Angeles Rams have split their last 10 games ATS as a road favorite. The Carolina Panthers have a chance to be a big bounce back team as long as they can stay healthy. The Panthers have also covered seven of their last 10 home games in the underdog role. This is a chance for the Panthers to set the tone of their season early and for Newton to quiet those doubters right out of the gate. I kind of like the Panthers to steal this season opener in what some would consider an upset.