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Carolina Panthers v Los Angeles Rams NFL Betting Picks & Predictions

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The Los Angeles Rams travel to North Carolina on Sunday 8 September to take on the Carolina Panthers in the kickoff match for both teams 2019 NFL season’s aspirations. The LA Rams will have a big ask trying to reverse a six to one head to head advantage to the home team despite not having faced off since 2016.

Carolina Panthers v Los Angeles Rams Odds & Betting

  • Betting Line: Rams -1.5 O/U 50
  • Moneyline Odds: L.A. Rams -135, Carolina Panthers +115

LA Rams vs Carolina Panthers Match

  • Date and Time: Sunday, Sep. 8 at 1:00pm ET
  • Venue: U.S. Bank of America Stadium Charlotte, NC
  • TV: FOX

Panthers vs Rams NFL Match History & Game Background

The Rams begin their quest to win the NFC title again heading down south for their opener facing the Panthers as a slight 1.5-point favorite. L.A. recently gave QB Jared Goff a fat new contract and he has to live up to that and has to weapons around him to do it.

The Panthers were a disappointment last season when they went 7-9 and lost seven of their last eight games. Cam Newton is healthy heading into the season and recently stated that he, “like a rookie again.” He and Christian McCaffery are a great QB/RB duo that will be a handful for two-time reigning Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald and the Rams defense.

These teams have not met since the 2016 season and the Panthers are 6-1 in their last seven games facing the Rams.

Goff passed for 4,688 yards last season with 32 TD and 12 INT and the WR duo of Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks each had over 1,200 receiving yards. Todd Gurley had another big season with 1,251 rushing yards and 580 receiving yards. The Rams can light it up and ranked in the top five in the NFL last season in passing and rushing yards per game.

The Panthers ranked 18th in the league last season in pass defense and while ranking a respectable 12th in run defense that unit was torched late in the season.

While the Panthers signed OL Matt Paradis in the off-season they lost the starters of Matt and Ryan Kalil and also lost WR David Funchess, who ranked 3rd on the team in receiving yards.

Cam Newton was not the same after he injured his shoulder in the middle of last season where he passed for 3,395 yards with 24 TD and 13 INT. McCaffery is the player the Rams really have to worry about on defense, as the all-everything RB rushed for 1,098 yards last season and led the team with 867 receiving yards. The WR corps for the Panthers is decent at best, but they will look to run the ball in this game and get short passes to McCaffery.

The Rams were pretty good defending the pass last season, but even with Donald, who lead the NFL with 20.5 sacks, the run defense only ranked 23rd and that is a big issue for this game facing the run-first Panthers.

NFL Los Angeles Rams vs Carolina Panthers Betting Trends

  • Rams are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games
  • Rams are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against teams from the NFC
  • Rams have an Under record of 4-0 in their last 4 road games
  • Panthers are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games
  • Panthers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games
  • Panthers have an Over record of 5-2 in their last 7 games

NFL Panther versus Rams Head-to-Head (H2H) Game Trends

  • Panthers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games against the Rams
  • Panthers are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games against the Rams
  • In the last 6 games between these teams the Under record is 5-1

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LA Rams vs Carolina Panthers Predictions, Picks & Tips

This one is a tough call as the odds from the best NFL Betting sites suggests, but going with the Rams with the many weapons they have; despite the H2H history siding heavily with the Panthers and the home turf advantage.

The Rams may not give Gurley a big workload in this opener trying to keep him fresh and manage his well documented health issues. Goff will have a solid game and he will light up the Carolina pass defense. Newton and McCaffery will play well, but in a close affair the Rams will win this NFC matchup and cover the short spread.

Rams v Panthers NFL Betting Predictions

  • Rams will win H2H
  • Rams will cover the spread
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