A victory would be their fifth straight as a favorite, as Denver has remained a four-point favorite at most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark.com.
Beating Cincinnati 31-23 last Sunday, the Denver Broncos continue to roll behind the big arm of Peyton Manning. Denver is now 3-0 SU and ATS over their last three games and 4-1 SU and ATS over their last four, averaging 31.6 points per game over that five-game stretch.
The Broncos were 0-4 SU and ATS in their previous four road games, but have won and covered in each of their last two. Not only is Peyton Manning playing well, but with 20 touchdown passes and 2,404 passing yards through his first eight games, he’s actually on pace for one of his best seasons ever.
And there's the little matter of the NFL scores computer predicting a 30-19 Denver victory for handicappers and poolies to consider.
After a sensational rookie season in 2011, Cam Newton has hit a bit of a sophomore slump in 2012. The Panthers are just 2-6 SU (4-4 ATS) and Newton has thrown more interceptions (eight) than touchdown passes (six) so far this season.
Newton elevated his game last week when he out-dueled Robert Griffin III in Carolina’s 21-13 win over Washington, and maybe he will step his game up again this week going against one of the NFL’s all-time greats.
For Carolina to have any chance, the defense is going to have to find a way to slow down this Broncos offense. The Panthers defense has played great over the last four weeks allowing just 17.75 points per game. Considering the offense averages just 18.6 points per game, the Panthers can’t afford to engage in a shootout with Peyton Manning.
In what should be a great game between two great quarterbacks, we lean towards Manning and the Broncos. Denver is clicking on all cylinders at the moment and the Panthers are just 2-6 SU and ATS in their last eight games at home.
Even if Carolina can slow Denver down, the Broncos should be able to cover four points.
PICK: Denver -4 (courtesy of PickShark.com)