The oddsmakers seem to think the Panthers will keep this game closer than I would have imagined. The spread has increased from 8.5 points earlier in the week, so it seems the early money agrees with me. From TopBet:
Sorry to be a downer and not much of a homer, but I can easily see the Panthers losing by 10 or more points to the 10-3 Packers. That is the conventional wisdom, right? Well, the reality is the Panthers tend to play well on the road (two of their four wins were on the road, after all). Who can forget the Panthers almost upset the Chiefs on the road, if only Joey Slye had hit an NFL record field goal as the game ended? Slye had the distance, it just sailed wide.
As much as I want to believe the Panthers have a chance in this game, I’m just not feeling it. If Christian McCaffrey was returning to the lineup I might feel better about it. He is the reason the Panthers almost upset the Chiefs; he makes that much of a difference to the offense. It would appear there are some who agree with me.
While I like the Packers minus nine points, I also like the over 51.5 points. That’s the easier bet to make as a Panthers homer. Packers running back Aaron Jones should have a nice game, as most running backs do against the Panthers defense. Of course Aaron Rodgers should have no trouble throwing the ball down the field to DaVante Adams and company.
Do you think the Panthers will cover the nine points on the frozen tundra?