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Carolina Panthers vs. Washington Redskins Predictions, Odds, Picks and NFL Week 15 Betting Preview – December 19, 2016

Carolina Panthers vs. Washington Redskins Predictions, Odds, Picks and NFL Week 15 Betting Preview – December 19, 2016

Carolina Panthers vs. Washington Redskins Preview

Where: FedEx Field — Landover, Maryland

When: Monday, December 19, 2016, 8:30 PM ET

Line: Carolina Panthers (+4.5) vs. Washington Redskins (-4.5); total: 51.0 – view all NFL lines

TV Broadcast: ESPN

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Betting on the Carolina Panthers (+4.5)

In a rather gloomy season, the Panthers had one of their brighter games this past Sunday against the Chargers. The 28-16 win was great, but with a 5-8 record, which is only good for 12th place in the NFC, a playoff berth is far-fetched.

Despite the passing game being sour, with Cam Newton only going 10-for-27, the victory still included a passing, rushing, and kicking score, along with a safety.

Greg Olsen continued his great year (career-high 69.7 YPG this season) and caught four passes for 87 yards, while Jonathan Stewart was serviceable, running for 66 yards an one score. However, it was Graham Gano who contributed the most on offense, as he scored four field goals, three of which were 40-plus yarders.

On defense, the pass rush and the secondary also had a big outing. The unit sacked Philip Rivers five times and was able to intercept three of his throws. The safety, meanwhile, was made by end Mario Addison.

Offensively, the Panthers will be bringing decent averages of 248.2 passing YPG and 104.5 rushing YPG, along with a 23.9 PPG average. Defensively is where they ought to be cautious. The 26 PPG they are giving up doesn’t look good against the Redskins’ aggressive offense.

The Panthers are 2-5 SU (1-4-1 ATS) on the road this season.

Betting on the Washington Redskins (-4.5)

After edging the Eagles this past Sunday, 27-22, the Redskins improve to 7-5-1 on the season. They are currently the seventh seed in the NFC and will be in for a very crucial final three weeks.

Kirk Cousins will look to carry the momentum he had in the Philly game, where was efficient, throwing for 234 yards and two TDs in just 14 completions. The QB is among the most prolific players in his positions this year, and through his production, the ‘Skins have jumped into the being second-best team in passing yards in the league (313.5 per game).

With that, the team’s receiving corps is probably a happy bunch, as four guys are averaging at least 58 yards per game and three are getting five or more receptions per contest. The pass-catching gang of Jordan Reed, Pierre Garcon, Jamison Crowder, and Desesan Jackson are all having turns as Cousins primary target for a particular game.

For the ground attack, Robert Kelley is still the man with Matt Jones still questionable to return. Since being the number one back, Kelley has been able to put up 484 rushing yards (80.6 per game) and five TD runs.

The defense will have a great battle with the mobile Cam Newton. Washington has been quite average in containing the pass, as they are 15th overall with a 259.7 average, but we’ll see how well they can fair with Newton, who only has a 53.5-percent completion rate this season.

For the run, they should be able to stop Jonathan Stewart and the other backs decently. The ground D has been good in the last eight games, as two teams have only succeeded in running for more than 100 yards.

The Redskins have won four straight games at home (4-0 ATS).

Writer’s Prediction

The Redskins (-4.5) win, 26-20.

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Written by JE

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