NFL betting odds handicappers have a choice of two impressive teams that are again expected to compete for profitable seasons and NFL gambling playoff spots for 2009. The Carolina Panthers lost their preseason opener against the NFL betting odds last Monday night in a 17-24 defeat at the New York Giants.
The game had a bizarre NFL gambling ending as the Giants scored at the end of the game on Tommie Hill’s 18 yard TD fumble return for a proverbial “bad beat” against the NFL betting odds for Carolina backers. The Panthers played the Giants fairly even against the NFL betting odds as they were outgained only 276-279 but were done in by 5 turnovers.
Carolina was strong on the ground against the NFL betting odds as they had 124 yards on 23 rushing attempts for a 5.1 yard per carry average. The quarterbacking was not all that impressive against the NFL betting odds for Carolina as their foursome of signal callers finished a combined 16-30 for 152 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception.
Carolina was just 3-12 on third down efficiency. The Panthers were also sacked 4 times. The most effective Carolina signal caller was Hunter Cantwell who went 4-8 for 67 yards with 1 touchdown. The Miami Dolphins defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 12-9 as 3-point home favorites for a push against the NFL betting odds last Monday night.
The Dolphins struggled on offense against the NFL betting odds and were outgained 257-282. Chad Henne had a decent game at quarterback for the Dolphins as he was 7-11 for 94 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Henne threw the game winning touchdown pass in the 3rd quarter as he hit Ernest Wilford for 33 yards.
Although the Dolphins struggled on the ground Lex Hilliard was an exception as he had 42 yards on 9 carries. This matchup should be a tight affair of two quality teams with set lineups that are expected to give significant playing time to backups and rookies fighting for a roster spot.
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