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Thursday Night NFL Football Predictions and Odds

We’re already into Week 6 of the 2017 NFL football season which kicks off on Thursday with a clash between two division leaders, the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers.

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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

Philadelphia Eagles Betting

The Eagles are on the up and up after winning four of their first five games and their three last straight.

Philadelphia’s offense has been soaring led by quarterback Carson Wentz. The Eagles defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 34-7, in their last game gaining a touchdown in their first three drives.

The Eagles hoped to gain a playoff spot when this season started, however it comes as a surprise that they lead the NFC at this point in the season.

Though Wentz showed signs last season of how good he really is, this year he seems to have improved. 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.

This game will be tough to win. The Eagles head into this game with only fours days rest time and a few injuries to key players might pose a further challenge.

After five games against average or downright bad defenses, facing the tough-as-nails Carolina defense will be the real test.

It will be interesting to see if they can move the ball effectively against the Panthers D unit.

Philadelphia’s defense hasn’t been as good as their offense, but they get the job done and keep the team in all the games they have played this year.

The defense had its best game of this season against Arizona, holding them to a single touchdown, and is a good indication they could carry the momentum against the Panthers.

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

H3 Carolina Panthers Betting

The Panthers started out treading mud, but Cam Newton and the Carolina offense seems to have gotten unstuck from what we could see in their previous two games.

The Panthers defeated the Detroit Lions in their last game, making a  24-0 run to take a 27-10 lead that they took into the fourth quarter.

The Lions closed in to almost take the lead, but a third down conversion from Cam Newton saved the night.

Newton has thrown for 556 yards, 2 touchdowns and 4 interceptions, while completing 61 percent of his passes over his first three games this year.

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 given up an average 29 points to their last three opponents.

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

The Panthers have been solid in the passing attack, but they will need to balance their attack to keep Philadelphia’s defense guessing.

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

H3 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

Expert Pick and Prediction

Philadelphia is hot right now. However, their last three wins were over teams that aren’t doing as well this year.

Contrast that to the Panthers’ wins over teams that made it to the playoffs last year and were on the road and you have much more clarity of which team will win this game.

The Eagles will give the Panthers a fight, but the Carolina defense will make them settle for field goals in the red zone. The Panthers cover the spread.

ATS Pick: Carolina -3.5

Straight up Pick: Carolina

O/U Pick: Over 45.5