We have only seen one game played so far in the opening week of the season, but we already have our first surprise, with the Kansas City Chiefs going into Foxboro and demolishing the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. While this is no guarantee that we are going to see more surprise results this weekend, it’s something that is sure to make NFL betting fans a little wary when reviewing the betting odds for this game. The Carolina Panthers are a favorite in Week 1, as they go on the road to San Francisco to take on a 49ers team that is very much in rebuilding mode.The Panthers are coming off a disappointing season in 2016, just 1 year after losing to the Broncos in the Super Bowl. The feeling is that this will be a big rebound year for them, and the ideal start would be picking up a road win in the opening week of the season. The 49ers are 5 ½ point underdogs at home, and will be starting their first season with a new set of front office guys pulling the strings. This is not a game that I see as being an upset alert possibility, but let’s take some time to break it all down to get an idea of how it might play out.
Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers NFL Betting Odds & Game InfoWhen: Sunday, September 10 at 4:25 PM ESTWhere: Levi’s Field, San FranciscoTV: FOXRadio: WBT 1110 AM (Carolina) / KNBR 680 (San Francisco)Live Stream: NFL Game PassNFL Betting Odds: Carolina Panthers -4½ (-110)Weather Forecast
- Clear: 31°C/88°F
- Humidity: 37%
- Precipitation: 0%
- Cloud Cover: 23%
- Wind: 11 mph WNW
- Stadium Type: Open
Why Bet on the Carolina Panthers?The expectation last season was that the Panthers would once again be the team to beat. They had just come off a Super Bowl loss, and had almost all of their key personnel from that season in the fold. The struggled from the off, though, finishing the season with a 6-10 record, which left them dead last in the NFC South. Given the moves that this team made in the offseason, they should be better than they were last year, assuming they can set aside the on-field drama that played some role in their demise last season.If there is going to be any drama this year, it will be in the front office, where things seem like a bit of a mess as the moment. On the field, this team will succeed if they can do a better job of protecting Cam Newton, as he was hit too often last season. The Panthers are 5 ½ point favorites for this one, but are just 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 road games. That said, they are 13-2 ATS in their last 15 meetings with the 49ers.
NFL Betting Trends
- Panthers are 4-2 ATS in the last 6 NFL games
- Carolina is 2-4 SU in the last 6 games
- The total went UNDER in 6 of Carolina Panthers’ last 9 NFL games
- Carolina is 3-8-1 ATS in the last 12 games on the road
- Panthers are 2-8 SU in the last 10 NFL games on the road
Why Bet on the San Francisco 49ers?After a 2-14 season in 2016, the 49ers decided that it was time to blow things up and start over again, beginning with some major changes made to the front office. There have been a lot of changes made to the playing personnel, too, but this is still a team that is a long way away from being competitive. Getting better at home is probably where the 49ers will want to begin their climb back to respectability.They won their home opener last season, but followed that up with 7 straight losses in their own building. The 49ers will hand the offense over to veteran QB Brian Hoyer, while the defense will mainly feature talented young guys looking to gain more NFL experience. Over half of the guys on this team are different from last season, so expect there to be some teething troubles in the opening weeks. The last 9 home games that the 49ers played against the Panthers saw them go 1-8 ATS.
NFL Betting Trends
- 49ers are 3-11-1 ATS in the last 15 NFL games
- San Francisco is 1-14 SU in the last 15 games
- The total went OVER in 4 of San Francisco 49ers’ last 6 NFL games
- San Francisco is 1-6 ATS in the last 7 games at home
- 49ers are 0-5 SU in the last 5 NFL games at home