The Oakland Raiders, fresh off their fourth win of the season, will look to down a surging Carolina team when the two squads collide at Bank of America Stadium later today. Start time in this afternoon’s battle between the Raiders and Panthers is set for 1:00pm ET; the game will be broadcast live on CBS. NFL Sunday Oakland Raiders vs Carolina Panthers Odds are favoring Cam Newton and company at -8.5 against the spread. Oakland is drawing +310 moneyline odds ($100 wins $310) and the game total is set at 46 points.
The Raiders looked as though they might end the season on a nine game slide, but the Chiefs arrived in the Bay Area in time to stop Oakland’s extended skid at six games.
The Raiders blanked Kansas City 15-0 and their 25th ranked defense dominated the Chiefs hapless offense, limiting Brady Quinn and company to seven first downs and 119 total yards.
Oakland’s defense will find today’s task far more difficult as Cam Newton and the Panthers offense are playing incredibly well in recent weeks. Carolina averaged 28 points per game in its four most recent outings, helping the team post a 3-1 record during that stretch.
Newton amassed a 113.9 quarterback rating in those four games after throwing nine touchdowns and zero interceptions; the former Heisman Trophy winner also rushed for 253 yards and three scores.
The Panthers are just 2-5 at home this season, but they have not had the good fortune of hosting a bunch of Raider-like teams. Carolina's home slate has consisted of the Saints, Giants, Seahawks, Cowboys, Broncos, Buccaneers, and Falcons.
Oakland has been competitive in exactly two road game this season, as it fell 23-20 in Atlanta and defeated the Chiefs 26-16 in Kansas City. The Raiders were outscored 161-49 in their other four road outings.
Free Pick: Take Carolina -8.5.
Oakland Raiders vs Carolina Panthers NFL Odds:
Oakland Raiders +8.5 (-110), Over 46 (-110), +310 (Moneyline)
Carolina Panthers -8.5 (-110), Under 46 (-110), -380 (Moneyline)
NFL Free Picks: Oakland at Carolina (Best Bet)
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