The Carolina Panthers (5-0) will try to stay unbeaten and shut down the high-flying Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) when they meet in the Week 7 Sunday night game. The Panthers have also gone 4-1 against the spread this season, while the Eagles have won three of four straight up and ATS to move into a tie for first atop the NFC East.
Point spread: The Panthers opened as three-point favorites; the total was 47 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark. (Line updates and matchup report)
NFL pick, via Odds Shark computer: 25.8-18.2 Panthers
Why the Eagles can cover the spread
Philadelphia finally seems to be realizing that the key to the team’s offensive success goes through running back DeMarco Murray, not quarterback Sam Bradford. While both are new Eagles this year, Murray has a much bigger impact on the game, turning in his two best efforts of the season in their past two games—both wins and covers.
Bradford’s struggles have been masked by the improved play of Murray, as he threw three more interceptions in Monday night’s 27-7 win over the New York Giants, bringing his 2015 total to nine. But as long as Philly’s defense plays like it did against the Giants and Murray continues to run hard, Bradford’s performance won’t matter as much.
Why the Panthers can cover the spread
Carolina quarterback Cam Newton is a legit NFL MVP candidate right now, especially after finding a way to beat the Seattle Seahawks 27-23 on the road last Sunday as a seven-point underdog. Newton has really come of age as a leader this year and appears 100 percent healthy, which obviously was not the case last season.
Defensively, the Panthers have played well enough to give Newton opportunities to win games, and he has delivered in keeping them perfect so far. Two of Philadelphia’s three losses have also taken place on the road, and Carolina seems to play at its best during this time of year, covering eight of its past 10 during the month of October.
The Panthers are the real deal, and their defense will make Bradford look terrible yet again. While the Eagles will look to feed Murray the ball, Carolina will make sure he doesn’t get going like he did against the Giants. Look for the Panthers to limit Philly’s offense and roll to another win and cover to stay perfect this season.
The Eagles are 4-1 SU and ATS in their last five games against the Panthers.
The total has gone under in six of the Panthers' last eight games at home.
The Eagles are 5-2 SU and ATS in their last seven games before the bye.
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