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Streaking Panthers Look to Lay Smack Down on Dysfunctional Raiders

While they seem to be flying under the radar, the Carolina Panthers (6-2 SU, 4-3-1 ATS, 2-6 O/U0 are quietly putting together a fine season in the NFC for fans and online sports betting backers.  The same can’t be said about the totally dysfunctional Oakland Raiders (2-6 SU, 3-5 ATS, 4-4 O/U) who are in the midst of what is arguably the most trying season in franchise history.

The two teams, clearly heading in opposite directions, will both be looking for a victory when they battle at McAfee Coliseum on Sunday.

The Panthers have won two consecutive games in the BetUS Sportsbook and are coming off a solid 27-23 defeat of Arizona in a Week 8 matchup on Oct. 26.

“I liken it to being on the road to a final destination. We are on the path, we haven’t gotten lost,” said Fox, whose team went 7-9 last season to miss the playoffs a second straight year. “We’ve definitely not gotten there yet, but at the halfway point we are on schedule.”

Now, after a week off, the well-rested Panthers look like a sure thing to hand the faltering Raiders another convincing defeat. Quarterback Jake Delhomme completed 20 of 28 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns in Carolina’s last game, hooking up with wide receiver Steve Smith on five passes for 117 yards with a pair of touchdowns while elusive running back DeAngelo Williams added 108 yards on the ground and a touchdown on 17 carries.

“Guys are excited. Guys feel good, and we should be,” said Delhomme. “But there are still a lot more things that we think we can get done.”

The Raiders were shut out by the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, losing 24-0 at home a 3-point underdog in Week 9.

Second-year quarterback JaMarcus Russell completed only 6-of-19 passes for 31 yards with one interception for while Justin Fargas was held to 23 yards on six carries.

The Raiders allowed Falcons rookie quarterback Matt Ryan to throw two touchdowns and running back Michael Turner to gain 139 yards on the ground.

Oakland has been outscored 100-29 in four games since beleaguered owner Al Davis gave former head coach Lane Kiffin an undeserved exit in favor of offensive line coach Tom Cable.

The Raiders also parted ways with former Pro Bowl cornerback DeAngelo Hall on Wednesday, waiving him less than eight months he was acquired from Atlanta and given a $70 million contract. Oakland paid Hall a whopping $8 million for eight games worth of service.

Here is a look at the key trends for each team, followed by my in-depth analysis and NFL Free Picks.

The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Carolina’s last 7 games
Carolina is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Carolina’s last 6 games on the road
Carolina is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Oakland’s last 15 games
Oakland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Oakland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Oakland is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home

Carolina Panthers +9½ -110
Oakland Raiders -9½ -110

Over 37½ -110
Under 37½ -110

Analysis: If the Falcons shut the Raiders out last week, the Panthers should be able to do the same against an Oakland team that has gone from bad to worse before our very eyes this season.

Take the Panthers to cover the spread in a rout!

NFL Free Picks: Panthers -9½ Points/Under 37½ Total Points

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