|Written by Vincent Di Mello|
Bet on the NFLNFL betting lines for Monday Night Football opened with Dallas as a 9.5-point NFL betting favorite over Carolina with an opening total of 46.5. NFL betting lines handicappers have seen Carolina fall from the top seed in the NFC playoffs last year to a winless and struggling NFL betting commodity.
The Carolina Panthers are 0-2 both straight up and against the NFL betting lines with both of those games having gone over the total. Last week the Panthers lost at Atlanta 20-28 as 6-point dogs. The Carolina defense has struggled so far as it ranks 30th overall for points allowed. Carolina’s inability to stop the run is a major NFL betting concern as they rank 27th overall in rushing yards allowed. The biggest NFL football betting problem facing Carolina, however, is the horrible quarterbacking of Jake Delhomme. Delhomme has a quarterback rating of 50.0 and has thrown 5 interceptions compared to just 1 touchdown pass. Until and unless Delhomme gets himself together the Panthers will continue to struggle against the NFL betting lines.
Speaking of poor quarterbacking against the NFL betting lines how about Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys. In their loss against the NFL betting lines last week versus the New York Giants, Romo tossed 3 interceptions. Romo’s poor performance as well as the leaky Dallas secondary was the ultimate cause for their failure against the NFL betting lines. Dallas would figure to match up well offensively against the NFL betting lines versus Carolina as running back Marion Barber is off to a fine start with 203 yards and a 6.3 yards per carry average. Meanwhile as bad as the Dallas pass defense has been Delhomme has shown no ability so far against the NFL betting lines to exploit it.
Carolina will be playing to save their season in this one and are a dangerous 8-2 against the spread when coming off a straight up loss. Dallas is also tough after a straight up loss, however, with a mark of 17-8 against the spread. his will be a high pressure showdown for both teams as Dallas will not want to lose the first 2 games at their new stadium but faces a Carolina team with ability and desperation.