If not for the Atlanta Falcons win over the New Orleans Saints last Sunday in New Orleans I would completely agree on the Carolina Panthers covering the 4.5 point spread. Yet the Falcons defense was quite impressive on the road which now gives me pause. A three point win by the Panthers is still a win.
Moving to the over/under of 49 points, I am also torn. Just like the spread, I now wonder if defense might instead rule this day. Well rule it enough to stay under 49 points. Something to the tune of 23-20. Betting Pros appears to reflect this thinking.
While the experts at Betting Pros may favor the Panthers to cover it is very close and not enough to feel confident about it. Same with the under of 49 points. I do feel confident running back Christian McCaffrey will keep his touchdown streak going yet the Falcons defense will be focused on him.
If you are looking for a bet with better confidence then consider these:
New York Jets (+2.5) to cover Washington on the road (78 percent likely to cover)