NFL Preview – Carolina Panthers @ Tennessee Titans

NFL Preview – Carolina Panthers @ Tennessee Titans

NFL Preview – Carolina Panthers @ Tennessee Titans

It’s Week 10 of the 2015/2016 NFL regular season and my oh my, how quickly this has flown by. The road to the playoffs has well and truly begun and this season poses a plethora of playoff contenders, especially in the NFC. With teams all fighting for a highly sought-after playoff spot, this latter half of the season should boast some fantastic games. We kick off the week with an inter-conference battle between two southern teams. The resurging Tennessee Titans seek to earn a consecutive win against an NFC South team as they take on the undefeated Carolina Panthers.

Despite the fact the Titans are finding some form again following the firing of former Head Coach, Ken Whisenhunt, the Panthers have firmly established themselves as one of the best teams in the NFL this season. We’re taking the Carolina Panthers -5.5 at odds of 23/25 with 888 Sport. You can get ‘Treble the Odds’ with your first bet if you click this link or the banner below!

After winning their first game of the season with new Quarterback, Marcus Mariota, they then went six games without a win. This long stretch was enough to see Ken Whisenhunt relieved of his duties as Head Coach. They took on a staunch New Orleans Saints offence in their first game following the firing. After going behind, the Titans won from behind in spectacular fashion, catching a touchdown pass in busted coverage in overtime. This surely renovated their season somewhat as they sit bottom of the AFC South, the worst division in football and they will need to keep up the winning effort as this division is still very much up for grabs.

Marcus Mariota has been living up to his value thus far. The rookie is completing 65.5% of his passes for 1,610 yards, also adding thirteen touchdowns and five interceptions. Delanie Walker, Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter have been the weapons through the air, contributing over 800 yards and seven touchdowns. Antonio Andrews has seen the most touchdes on the ground this season, rushing for 290 yards and two touchdowns. They’re averaging just over 100 yards on the ground per game. Their defence haven’t been too shabby, allowing an average of 23.4 points per game and 329 yards per game.

The Carolina Panthers remain as one of the three undefeated teams in the NFL now. Their performances has seen them firmly establish themselves as a legitimate Super Bowl contender through their consistently dominant defence and tight-knit chemistry on offence. Whilst there’s no big name players on this offence, they are making plays and getting wins. They proved that they are for real last week against the Green Bay Packers, putting up 37 points in another winning effort. This has led them to a first place position in the NFC South.

Despite putting up marks in the win column, Newton statistically has struggled, which is in part due to the fact he is throwing to nameless and faceless receivers. Newton is completing 53.7% of his passes for 1,820 yards, throwing 14 touchdowns and 9 interceptions in the process. Greg Olsen, Tedd Ginn Jr and Corey Brown have been Newton”s favourite targets, amassing just below 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns between them. The Panthers have been a fantastic rushing outfit this season, averaging 142 yards per game. Jonathan Stewart has exploded this season, adding 571 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. The defence has been as dominant as ever, allowing on average only 20.6 points per game and 350 yards per game.


As it is expected, the Carolina Panthers are going into Tennessee as the clear favourites, however the line only has them to win by a single touchdown, which seems rather generous. The Tennessee Titans are 16-36-1 against the spread versus teams with a winning record in their last 53 games in this scenario. They are also 7-20-2 against the spread in their last 29 games. The Panthers are 5-1 against the spread in their last 6 games on the road and they are 20-9-1 against the spread in their last 30 games versus teams with a losing record.

As mentioned, the touchdown spread in favour of the Panthers seems incredibly generous when you consider how well this team have been players, especially after cover the same spread last week against the Green Bay Packers. I respect the Titans bouncing back in fantastic fashion, on the road, against a elite Quarterbacck last week. Especially after the firing of their Head Coach. This shows great character in that team and great character is very valuable in NFL teams. That being said, they now have to play against one of the best defences in the NFL which is a polar-opposite to the Saints defence Mariots and company faced last week. I’m happily going to be taking the Carolina Panthers -5.5 as they continue to prove they are a Super Bowl contender, whilst one of the worst teams in the league in the worst division in the league won’t have much to offer. Cam Newton to go into Tennessee and pick up another victory.

Dan Glozier.

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