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The Carolina Panthers are three point home underdogs as they host the Los Angeles Rams in the season opener

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Las Vegas thinks the Panthers will put up a good fight but fall to the NFC champions.

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The Carolina Panthers open the 2019 season at home against one of the toughest opponents they will face all season — the defending NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams.

Here’s the current line for you betting types. The Panthers are not favored against the NFC champions but three points is not very much.

So, if you are feeling the Panthers will pull the upset then this is a good week to put some money on it. If you bet $100 then you could win $135 (plus your $100 back).

Looking at the price line I find it interesting that taking the Panthers plus three points will cost you 15 percent of your bet should you win versus just five percent if you take the Rams minus three. I’m not touching it myself. I just never do well when betting on the Panthers, usually.

I think the best bet above is the over/under. 50 1/2 points seems like a lot for an opener, especially with two tough defenses involved. I expect a defensive struggle in the neighborhood of 20-16 or something like that. So I will instead take the under in my weekly parlay. Beyond that I like home teams in season openers.

My weekly three-team parlay (meaning all three bets must win for me to win). A $20 bet will garner $120 if all three come true.

Which of these three selections do you like the most?

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Will the Panthers - Rams game produce more than 50 points?

This poll is closed

  • 24%
    Yes
    (54 votes)
  • 75%
    No
    (163 votes)
217 votes total Vote Now

Here’s a quick explanation for the money line bet (1st column) and the price of the spread and over/under bets (the number in parentheses).

What is the money line? (How money line betting works)

A money line bet is on a team to win the game outright (without a point spread) at an adjusted cost. Just like with point spread betting, the favorite will have negative odds, while the underdog will have positive odds. The difference here is in the price or payout depending on which team you take.

Teams Money line: New York Jets +240 | New England Patriots -280

A favorite (e.g. Patriots -280) on the money line works just like our bet price example above. In our new example, the Patriots are listed at -280, meaning you would need to risk $280 for a return of $100 on them. It follows that a winning bet on the Pats pays $100 (plus your initial investment of $280 back). This added risk is why betting the spread is usually more popular, especially on favorites.

Underdogs (e.g. Jets +240) work a bit differently. Instead showing how much you need to risk to win $100, this line tells you how much you stand to win on a $100 wager. That means if you bet $100 on the Jets, and they win, you would win $240. If the Jets lose, you are only out your original $100 wager.

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