NFL betting fans saw the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants go from respected NFL gambling playoff teams in 2008 to out of the post season in 2009.
The Giants will host the Panthers in the NFL opener for both teams and the first regular season game at New Meadowlands Stadium.
Kickoff is at 1:05 PM Eastern and Sports-Gambling.com opened with the Giants as 7-point favorites and an over/under of 41.
Carolina has beaten the NFL odds in 6 out of their last 7 games as an underdog. They have covered just 3 out of 13 games, however, as a dog of 8 points or less with 6 of their last 7 in that role going over the total. Matt Moore is now the full time starting quarterback now that Jake Delhomme is gone to Cleveland.
Steve Smith will be Moore’s main target at receiver, a position where Carolina is noticeably weak.
Running back is another story, however, as Carolina is in fine shape with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, who both ran for 1100 yards last year to become the first tandem in NFL history to pull off such a feat. Julius Peppers is a major loss from the defensive line.
The Giants have beaten the NFL lines in just 3 of their last 11 games as a favorite of 8 points or less and are 1-6 against the spread as a favorite overall.
New defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has garnered much of the preseason attention for the Giants as he is charged with improving a unit that embarrassed itself last year as it finished 30th in the NFL for points allowed, the worst performance by the Giants since 1966.
Fewell has brought a more aggressive approach that will emphasize forcing turnovers. Another key point of emphasis has been to improve the running game in order to take heat off quarterback Eli Manning, who has had to shoulder too much of the responsibility of carrying the offense on his own. The Giants were 17th in rushing last year.
The Panthers and Giants have split their last 4 NFL betting matchups with 3 consecutive games going under the total. Last year Carolina blew out the Giants 41-9 as 8.5-point favorites.