Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are currently 2.5-point underdogs against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 12, but you should take this team to cover, if not win this game outright.
The Panthers aren't the only NFL team that is sure to cover the spread this week, either. Every week, we can count on a handful of teams to buck the oddsmakers and keep things close against a superior opponent—if not win outright.
I've highlighted four teams considered to be the underdog that are sure to outperform the betting odds this week. You can take these to the bank.
Note: All betting information courtesy of FootballLocks.com.
Both teams feature horrible offensive lines, and both teams have struggled of late.
That said, the Dallas Cowboys almost got beaten at home by the Cleveland Browns...
Furthermore, the Washington Redskins can do what Dallas can't do, which is run the ball. Robert Griffin III is coming off of his best game as a professional, and it seems like the bye week worked wonders for him and his teammates.
I'm looking for RG3 and the 'Skins to go into Dallas and come away with a victory.
Take the Redskins against the spread.
The Houston Texans had the No. 3-ranked pass defense in the NFL before Week 11, yet Chad Henne and the Jacksonville Jaguars passed against that top-ranked unit like it was nothing.
Henne is scheduled to start again for the Jaguars based on last week's performance, according to Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, and he gives his team an excellent chance to beat the Tennessee Titans this week.
The Titans are coming off a bye week, and I would expect them to be a bit rusty. Given the way the Jaguars are rolling on offense with Henne, I'm expecting them to bust out to an early lead and force Jake Locker to take matters into his own hands in a comeback attempt.
The Jaguars will hold serve at home and defeat the Titans at home.
Take the Jaguars against the spread.
The Arizona Cardinals can't protect the quarterback—bad news against the St. Louis Rams.
The Rams feature a couple of dynamic defensive ends in Chris Long and Robert Quinn, and the two of them will meet early and often in the Cardinals' backfield.
LaRod Stephens-Howling has been good at times this season, but the Rams also feature a strong linebacking corps that won't allow him any running room.
Without any offense to speak of, the Cardinals will not stand a chance against the Rams—a team that can be counted on to score a couple of touchdowns per game, barring a pair of rough outings against the New England Patriots and Chicago Bears.
Take the Rams against the spread.
I know the Carolina Panthers have only won two games this season, but for the life of me, I can't figure out how the Philadelphia Eagles are favored to win this game.
The Eagles have allowed opposing quarterbacks to look like gods since Juan Castillo was fired in Week 7. Given the way the team's defense allowed Robert Griffin III to run rampant last week, we can expect more of the same against Cam Newton in Week 12.
Nick Foles will likely still be the starting quarterback, but the way the Eagles offensive line has broken down this past month, it won't matter if Michael Vick does return—the Eagles won't win.
Take the Panthers against the spread.