Las Vegas Odds & Aengus Moorehead Free NFL Expert Picks: Carolina Panthers vs San Francisco 49ers
Saturday, September 09, 2017
by Aengus Moorehead

San Francisco Looks to Spoil Carolina’s Season Debut

Las Vegas Odds & Aengus Moorehead Free NFL Expert Picks: Carolina Panthers vs San Francisco 49ers

Carolina Panthers vs. San Francisco 49ers

Panthers: 0-0-0 (0-0-0 V)
49ers: 0-0-0 (0-0-0 H)
When: 4:25 PM ET, Sunday, September 10, 2017
Where: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California
TV: FOX

Analysis:
The Carolina Panthers will try to put aside a forgettable 2016 season and begin anew as they get ready for their opener in a NFC showdown against the San Francisco 49ers with the contest set to be staged Sunday afternoon at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Most of the NFL feasted on the 2-14 49ers last season and Carolina did just that when they trounced San Francisco 46-14 at home back on September 18.

The Panthers, who are 6-points favorites entering this contest according to Bovada Sportsbook, have won the last five confrontations and eight of their last ten games against the 49ers dating back to 1999. The Panthers were 15-1 and reached the Super Bowl back in 2015 but fell apart last season as they finished last in the NFC South with an unflattering 6-10 record. It was mainly due to quarterback Cam Newton’s poor play throughout the season.

To his defense though, Newton was clearly bothered by a defective throwing shoulder and lacked weapons in the backfield while the defense was hit with a slew of injuries. Newton did have surgery on his shoulder in March but played in just one series in the preseason, so he should be a tad rusty in the opener. The offense was upgraded tremendously in the offseason with 1st round pick RB Christian McCaffrey and 2nd round pick WR Curtis Samuel with both projected to have an immediate impact.

Under yet another new head coach in Kyle Shanahan, the 49ers will look to implement a new system with a new quarterback and an offseason overhaul that could be promising. QB Brian Hoyer was under Shanahan’s orders when the two were in Cleveland back in 2014 so there is familiarity there and Hoyer was efficient for the Bears last season throwing more than 300 yards in 4 of his six games. Hoyer will have a new weapon with WR Pierre Garcon joining the club from the Redskins and will still have RB Carlos Hyde who ran for 988 yards in 13 games last season.

Bovada has the Panthers listed as 6-point favorites and the game's total is sitting at 47½ according to MyBookie.

On the NFL Football Moneyline Odds at BetOnline Panthers are the Favorite at -205.

Carolina Panthers vs. San Francisco 49ers Las Vegas Odds

Gm# Team
Opener
475 Carolina
-3½
476 San Francisco
48
  Moneyline
-230/+192

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In their last action, San Francisco was a 25-23 loser at home against the Seahawks. They covered the +11.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (48) was profitable news for OVER bettors.

The Panthers were a 17-16 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Buccaneers. They covered the +3-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (33) made winners of UNDER bettors.

Carolina Panthers vs. San Francisco 49ers Las Vegas Odds & Trends

Carolina:
Team record: 6-10 SU,6-8-2 ATS
Carolina is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Carolina is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Carolina's last 9 games

San Francisco:
Team record: 2-14 SU,4-11-1 ATS
San Francisco is 3-11-1 ATS in its last 15 games
San Francisco is 1-14 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Francisco's last 6 games

Next up:
Carolina home to Buffalo Sunday, September 17
San Francisco at Seattle Sunday, September 17

The Bottom Line:
While San Francisco’s defense has dramatically improved, I believe that Newton will shake off the rust by feeding the ball to the dynamic duo of McCaffrey and Jonathan Stewart who should have a field day against a tough but inexperienced San Francisco defense. Take Panthers -6 and the Under 47½

Aengus Moorehead Free NFL Expert Picks: Carolina -6 & Under 47½ at Bovada

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cam newton - carlos hyde - carolina panthers - christian mccaffrey - curtis samuel - kyle shanahan - pierre garcon - san francisco 49ers

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