Oakland vs. Carolina - December 23, 2012 - 1:00 PM
Pick: Your pick will be graded at justbet @ -8 -110 Carolina
Expert: Steve Merril
Evaluation: Win (1000) - Final Score OAK 6 at CAR 17
Reason For Pick:
Oakland snapped their 6-game losing streak last week after beating Kansas City 15-0. The Raiders played their best defensive game of the season by a long mile; they held the Chiefs to just 119 yards of total offense. But that type of performance is a rare occurrence for the Raiders, and it was due to the ineptness of Kansas City more so than anything Oakland did. That was the Raiders third consecutive home game, but now they must take to the road and play an early start game. Oakland has been non-competitive in four of their five road losses as they’ve lost those games by 22, 31, 35, and 24 points. Their close 3-point loss came at Atlanta when the Raiders came in off a bye. Oakland’s offense has scored 17 points or less in five straight games, and there’s no reason to think they’ll turn things around in this game.
Carolina is playing their best football of the season right now. The Panthers have won three of their last four games by 8, 10, and 24 points. The wins are finally starting to show for Carolina after losing seven games by 6 points or less this season. The Panthers have outstanding statistical numbers even though they are just 5-9 on the season. Carolina averages 6.0 yards per play on offense and they give up 5.5 yards per play on defense; they should be a winning team. The Panthers have out-gained their last four opponents while holding all four to 362 total yards or less. Carolina’s offense is in tremendous form as they’ve scored 30 points or more in three of their last four games, and since Oakland’s defense allows 29 points per game, we expect the Panthers to have a lot of offensive success. We’ll lay the points with the hot home team, especially since Oakland tends to get blown out on the road.
10* Play PANTHERS (-).