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Washington Football Team vs. Carolina Panthers Odds & Game Pick (2021)

by November 19, 2021
Cam Newton

The storylines are endless ahead of this week’s showdown in Carolina as the Ron Rivera-led Washington Football Team head to Charlotte to take on his former employer, led by a familiar face of their own: Cam Newton. They’ll have to do so without the help of Pro Bowl defensive end Chase Young who is now out for the year with a knee injury.

Let’s take a closer look at where the value lies ahead of kickoff.

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  • Opening Line: Panthers -3, O/U 43.5
  • Current Line: Panthers -3.5, O/U 43
  • Last meeting: December 27, 2020, Panthers 20, Washington 13


Coming into this week #2 in total yards allowed (281), #1 in passing yards allowed (173.7), and #6 in points allowed (19.3), the Panthers are a QB away from really making a run not just this season but beyond. Enter Superman stage left.

In his triumphant, seemingly “middle of the night” return, former Panther’s league-MVP Cam Newton returned to the team coming in late for the struggling PJ Walker to throw for one touchdown and run for another as they blew out the NFC-leading Cardinals on the road in Arizona.

Newton and company’s opponent this week, the Washington Football Team, will have to find success post-Young, and do so while not allowing a letdown following their own massive win last week. In one of the most surprising results of the seasons, the Football Team led the reigning Super Bowl champion Bucs wire-to-wire, pulling off a 10-point win as 10-point underdogs.

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  • Under is 4-0 in Washington’s L4 as an underdog
  • Under 5-o in Panther’s L5 as a favorite
  • Underdog 8-3 in L11 meetings

Bottom Line

Since opening at -3, this line quickly jumped in favor of the Panthers, as it became increasingly clear Newton would get the start this week. With a spot in the playoffs still very much in reach for the Panthers, I expect Newton to be the spark they are looking for if RB Christian McCaffrey can stay healthy.

In this one, I like for a heavy dose of the run while Newton learns what is still a new offense, and for the Football Team to find moving the ball against this elite Panther’s front seven more difficult than last week.

Pick: Under 43.5

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