4* NFL Week 3 Opener on Panthers +1.5

4* NFL Week 3 Opener on Panthers +1.5

NY Giants vs. Carolina, 09/20/2012 20:20 EDT, Score: 36 - 7

Point Spread: +1½/-110 Carolina

Sportsbook: TopBet

Result: Loss

4* NFL Week 3 Opener on Panthers +1.5
The defending Super Bowl champs are fortunate to be 1-1. They were outgained by 433-269 in their opening loss to Dallas and needed to come back from a 27-13 second-half deficit to beat Tampa Bay. Now they leave the comforts of home for the first time this season and do so without a full compliment of players. WRs Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon and RB Ahmad Bradshaw have all been ruled out. Nicks is a huge loss. We're talking about a guy that caught 10 balls for 199 yards and a TD last week.
The Giants weren't able to stop Dallas' running game in Week 1, and they'll have trouble slowing down Carolina's running attack as well. The Panthers racked up 219 yards on the ground in last week's 8-point win over New Orleans.
Cam Newton will be a handful for New York, and I believe the Panthers will make enough plays on defense to slow down a one-dimensional NY offense. The Panthers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games. Take Carolina.

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