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Thursday NFL Football Free Picks and Betting Odds

Thursday NFL Football Free Picks and Betting Odds

Week 6 of the NFL season kicks off with a Thursday Night Football matchup between two division leaders when the Philadelphia Eagles travel to North Carolina to take on the Carolina Panthers. Read on to get the free picks

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Philadelphia Eagles vs Carolina Panthers

  • When: October 12, 2017, 8:25 PM ET
  • Where: Bank of America Stadium
  • Spread: Panthers -4.5
  • Over/Under: 45
  • Moneyline: Panthers -176 vs  Eagles +156

Betting on the Philadelphia Eagles Analysis

The high-flying Eagles have been able to win four of their first five games (including the last three in a row) of the season thanks to their offense, which has been one of the best in the league this year.

Last game, they did away with the Arizona Cardinals, 34-7, in a game which saw them score a touchdown in each of their first three possessions.

Philadelphia came into the season expected to compete for a playoff spot, but not too many people had them leading the NFC at this point in the season.

Second year quarterback Carson Wentz showed a lot of promise last season and has been even better this season.

The Eagles have been able to keep drives going this season thanks to Wentz who leads the league in third down conversions.

Philadelphia is scoring 27.4 points per game this season, which is the 4th most in the league this year.

However, It’s a short week for them, with only four days rest time, which might be a challenge.

Also, a few injuries to key players, such as right tackle Lane Johnson and running back Wendell Smallwood could further complicate things.

Nevertheless, LeGarrette Blount has been performing well which helps the running attack.

After five games against average or bad defenses, the Eagles will face the toughest defense they have faced so far this season, so it will be interesting to see if they can move the ball effectively against the Carolina defense.

Their defense hasn’t been as good as their offense, but they have played well enough to keep the team in all the games they have played this year, and the offense has bailed them out when it needed to.

Arguably, the defense had its best game of this season against Arizona, holding them to a single touchdown which gives a good indication they could steadily improve into this game against the Panthers as well.

Eagles Last Results

Date

Opponent

Game

Result

Score

ATS

Spread

OU

Total

Sep 10, 2017

@ Washington

REG

W

30-17

W

-1

U

49.5

Sep 17, 2017

@ Kansas City

REG

L

27-20

L

4.5

O

46.5

Sep 24, 2017

vs NY Giants

REG

W

27-24

L

-5

O

41.5

Oct 1, 2017

@ LA Chargers

REG

W

26-24

W

2

O

47.5

Oct 8, 2017

vs Arizona

REG

W

34-7

W

-6

U

45


Betting on the Carolina Panthers Analysis

After a sluggish start to the season, Cam Newton and the Carolina offense seem to have finally figured things out and have been very efficient in their last two games.

Last game, against the Detroit Lions, the Panthers made a 24-0 run to take a 27-10 lead that they took into the fourth quarter.

The Lions closed in with three minutes left on the clock, but Cam Newton managed a third-down conversion which sealed the victory.

In the first three games this year, Newton threw for 556 yards, 2 touchdowns and 4 interceptions, while completing 61 percent of his passes.

In the last two games, Newton has thrown for 671 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 1 interception, while completing 77 percent of his passes.

After allowing only six points in the first two games, Carolina’s defense has allowed their last three opponents to average 29 points against them.

They will need to do a better job on the defensive end especially on third downs against an offense like Philadelphia’s.

Thanks to Newton, the Panthers have been throwing the ball well in the past few weeks, but they will need to balance their attack to keep Philadelphia’s defense guessing, which means they must pick up the ground attack.

For the season, Carolina is averaging 98.6 rushing yards per game, which is 19th in the league. Most of Carolina’s past success has been due to the team’s ability to run the ball down the defense’s throat, so they need to find a way to get Jonathan Stewart and Christian McCaffrey more involved in the offense.

Panthers Last Results

Date

Opponent

Game

Result

Score

ATS

Spread

OU

Total

Sep 10, 2017

@ San Francisco

REG

W

23-3

W

-4

U

45

Sep 17, 2017

vs Buffalo

REG

W

9-3

P

-6

U

43

Sep 24, 2017

vs New Orleans

REG

L

34-13

L

-5.5

O

46

Oct 1, 2017

@ New England

REG

W

33-30

W

9

O

47.5

Oct 8, 2017

@ Detroit

REG

W

27-24

W

2

O

41.5

Eagles vs Panthers Betting Trends

  • Philadelphia is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Philadelphia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • Philadelphia is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games
  • Carolina is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Carolina is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Carolina is 1-3-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Pick and Prediction

Philadelphia is on a three-game winning streak on which they’ve picked up some momentum. However, these wins were over teams that aren’t really doing well this year.

On the other hand, Carolina just picked up its second win on the road against two of last year’s playoff teams.

The Eagles will give the Panthers a tough challenge, but the Carolina defense will make them settle for field goals in the red zone, so I’m picking the Panthers to cover the spread.

  • ATS Pick: Carolina -3.5
  • Straight up Pick: Carolina
  • O/U Pick: Over 45.5

 
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