Carolina Panthers at Washington Redskins
Monday, Dec. 19, 8:30 p.m. (ET) ESPN
NFL Pointspread: Washington -7
Total Line: 50.5
Carolina has been reduced to playing the role of spoiler at 5-8 straight-up after winning 15 of 16 regular season games last season. The Panthers have also been a big disappointment to bettors with a 4-7-2 record against the spread on closing line. They are just 1-4-1 ATS on the road this season and the total has gone OVER in five of those six games. The total has actually stayed UNDER in four of their last six games overall when it comes to NFL football picks.
The Panthers are ranked 20th in the league in both passing yards (231.2) and total yards (340.3) per game with Cam Newton struggling with consistency at the quarterback position. He has thrown for 2,774 yards and 15 touchdowns while completing just 53.5 percent of his 398 attempts. The former league MVP has also tossed nine interceptions while getting sacked 29 times. Carolina’s defense has also gone in the wrong direction and it comes into this game ranked last in the NFL against the pass and 28th in points allowed (25.9).
The Redskins are 7-5-1 SU with a healthy 9-4 mark ATS and they desperately need a win to stay in the hunt for one of the two wild card playoff spots in the NFC. Washington is coming off a 27-22 road victory against Philadelphia as a two-point favorite with and it has covered the spread in five of its last six games. The total went OVER 48.5 points in last Sunday’s win and it has now gone OVER in its last six contests.
Washington will need another strong effort from its quarterback Kirk Cousins to come out on top this Monday night. In last Sunday’s win against the Eagles, he completed a very efficient 14 of his 21 passing attempts for 234 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw an interception that resulted in a Philadelphia score. Robert Kelley continues to lead the Redskins’ ground game with 587 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 128 carries. This offense is ranked third in the NFL in total yards with an average of 412.1 a game.