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The Thursday night game provides some serious confusion for bettors.
Last week's battle between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers did not fit the script for two offensively talented teams. The short turnaround from Sunday affected the offenses more than expected.
Hopefully, those problems were more team specific as opposed to a league-wide trend.
The New York Giants are coming off a wild comeback victory in which Eli Manning threw for 510 yards after struggling with three first-half interceptions.
Similarly, the Carolina Panthers found their offensive rhythm after a rough first week, with Cam Newton sprinkling in only 20 pass attempts to assist a dominant run game (219 yards).
Both offenses are ridiculously explosive, and neither secondary brings much to the table. Steve Smith and Victor Cruz should enjoy their evenings, but the Giants will be lacking weapons.
I'll take Newton at home rather than rely on the erratic Giants, who will be without Ahmad Bradshaw and Hakeem Nicks. Newton's mobility combined with the running game helps neutralize New York's biggest strength.
Plus, has any team had a crazier schedule to begin a season than the Giants? Wednesday night, then Sunday and now a Thursday night game.
Apparently so many people have faith in the Panthers that they were moved from a 1.5-point underdog on Wednesday to a three-point favorite on Thursday. The value was much better the other way around, so hopefully you were able to strike before the change.
If not, I'd still roll with the Panthers.