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The Carolina Panthers have been one of the hotter teams over the last several weeks, having won five out of their last six contests. The Panthers are coming off an impressive showing against the Tennessee Titans that saw MVP-candidate Christian McCaffrey lead the charge.
The Green Bay Packers took a minor step back in Week 9 stumbling on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers, which snapped their four-game winning streak. But they are heading home to snag their third straight win at Lambeau Field, where they hold a 4-1 mark.
All this sets up a matchup with both teams looking to ramp up their push towards the playoffs to the next level.
Panthers continue to push forwardThrough the first half of the season, the Panthers have been able to push forward despite star quarterback Cam Newton being out of the mix for much of the year. Carolina has had some stable production from backup quarterback Kyle Allen as the team holds a 5-1 record that has put them in possible contention for NFC North, trailing the New Orleans Saints by just two games. Allen has been largely mistake-free with his play as three out of his four interceptions came in the blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers. However, their offensive production has leaned heavily on the play on star running back Christian McCaffrey, who has been putting forth a career-best campaign that has him squarely in the MVP conversation.
McCaffrey has been on an absolute tear beyond his elite production as he has tallied more than 100 rushing yards five times while notching at least one rushing touchdown all but once and three games with at least one rushing and receiving touchdown. He's coming off a stellar performance against the Tennessee Titans last week as he had 166 total scrimmage yards with three touchdowns in the comfortable win at home. If the Panthers hope to secure another road win, they will need McCaffrey to be a major offensive factor like he has been throughout the season. He will certainly play a big role on the road against the Packers, but it may be too difficult a task for him to carry his team past one of the top teams in the conference.
Packers looking to bounce backIt has been nothing short of a great start to the 2019 season under first-year head coach Matt LaFleur as the Packers have been a powerhouse in the NFC through the first nine weeks. Green Bay has had tremendous balance on both sides of the ball that has made them a possible Super Bowl contender in the conference. They have been greatly outplayed on the road by the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 9, but that shouldn't put any hindrance on what's been a strong promising start that has them in the driver's seat to win the NFC North division. They have easily been one of the most consistent teams in the league that has seen their star talent on the offensive side ball lead the way.
Star quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been the driving force on offense this season as he has 2,485 passing yards with 17 touchdowns to two interceptions while holding a 65.4 percent completion rate along with a 104.3 passer rating. Before Week 9, Rodgers had three straight games with multiple touchdown passes with just one interception. He has shown more comfort in the offense under LaFleur with each passing week that has seen other pieces of the puzzle excel. That hasn't more clear than the play from running back Aaron Jones, who has 496 rushing yards with eight touchdowns along with 35 receptions with 354 receiving yards with three touchdowns. Green Bay also had the return of star wide receiver Davante Adams, who played in his first game in over a month as he had seven catches for 41 receiving yards. The Packers should be in line to bounce back on Sunday afternoon.
- Green Bay is 4-0 ATS in their last four games following an ATS loss.
- Green Bay is 4-0 ATS against a team with a winning record.
- Green Bay is 4-0 ATS in their last four games after allowing more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Carolina is 2-5 ATS in their last seven games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game.
- Carolina is 2-5 ATS in their last seven games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Packers are coming off a disappointing performance, but they should be able to bounce back at home against the Panthers. It will be a tightly contested game, but Green Bay's balanced offensive attack will be the deciding factor in Week 10 action. Allen has played well but his last road game (San Francisco) was a complete disaster. In other words, this will be the Packers' game to lose.
Prediction: Green Bay -5.5
Full-Game Total Pick
That said, it should see plenty of offensive production on both sides with each side's star power showing out at Lambeau Field. Keep in mind, the Packers' last home game saw Rodgers put together six total touchdowns in a 42-point performance. That should be more than enough to push this contest past the over/under line.
Prediction: Over 47