NFL Odds & Homefield Advantage Favor Panthers Over Lions

Steven Suarez

Thursday, September 11, 2014 6:04 PM GMT

Thursday, Sep. 11, 2014 6:04 PM GMT

Both the Lions and Panthers notched victories in Week 1, but the good times will come to an end for one of these NFC competitors this coming Sunday. Which football betting odds stand out above the rest for this battle in Carolina?

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We feel confident in Carolina's chances of getting a win this weekend. 

You've got to credit the Panthers for going into Tampa Bay and getting a big road win in Week 1, especially since starting QB Cam Newton wasn't even playing.

Backup Derek Anderson got the job done, but it looks like Newton will be ready to go for Week 2. Running back DeAngelo Williams is currently listed as questionable, but aside from that there are no major injury concerns for Carolina.

The Lions are pretty healthy too, and they should also be feeling very confident after demolishing the Giants in front of a national TV audience on Monday Night Football. It was domination right from the start.

However, we're not totally sold on Detroit just yet, and need to see more before we can trust them with our sports picks. 

The Panthers will be making their home debut, and they had a terrific advantage in front of their own fans last season. With Newton also returning and that defense is in great form, we think Carolina gets the job done.

Free NFL Pick: Panthers -2.5 at 5Dimes

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The Panthers are 2.5 to 3-point favorites for their first home game of the season. They have a good shot at moving to 2-0, though they'll be tested by the Lions, who also managed a win last week.

As far as the NFL odds are concerned, we don't anticipate much more movement, though the line could settle at three.

The total has settled in at 43.5 at 5Dimes. Two highly capable quarterbacks in Cam Newton and Matthew Stafford, but both defenses looked good in Week 1 too. Tough call.

Carolina Panthers in 2014-15 regular season: 1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS, +6.0 margin of victory

Detroit Lions in 2014-15 regular season: 1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS, +21.0 margin of victory

We start our breakdown with the Panthers, who battled past the Buccaneers to win 20-14 on the road.

Newton was held out, and apparently wasn't happy about it, but Derek Anderson came in and got the job done as the temporary starter. He was 24-of-34 for 230 yards and two touchdowns, with Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen going off for 14 catches, 175 yards and the two scores between them. DeAngelo Williams added 14 rushing attempts for 72 yards in the win. The defense did their job, limiting the effectiveness of Josh McCown and the run game.

Detroit has to be happy with how its Week 1 went as well, as the Lions crushed the Giants 35-14 at home on Monday Night Football. It was an easy ATS cover for the favored Stafford and company.

The quarterback was fantastic, torching New York for 346 yards and two touchdown passes to the unstoppable Calvin Johnson. Joique Bell and Reggie Bush were both involved in multiple ways, but Johnson stole the show, finishing with 164 yards and a couple trips to the end zone.

This upcoming Week 2 showdown should be one of the better matchups of the weekend.

Newton's status will certainly be one we'll need to track. He's been practicing and it looks like he'll be inserted back into the starting role, which is obviously good news for Panthers fans. Carolina had a sizable home-field advantage last season, too, so for now the lean will be on the home team.

We will have our favorite NFL pick locked in and loaded later in the week, so come back and see us. 

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