Panthers vs. Raiders: Prediction, what could happen and best bets

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Carolina Panthers vs. Raiders: Best bets

This is projected to be a close game if the spread is any indication. The Carolina Panthers might be slight underdogs at home against the Las Vegas Raiders. But there doesn’t appear to be a great deal in the Week 1 matchup.

According to The Action Network, the spread between most oddsmakers is anywhere between 3.5-2.5. This is a good reflection on what to expect from the game that might not bring much in the way of quality early on.

Week 1 is always a minefield from a betting perspective. This will be even more prevalent with a lack of warmup games before competitive action. So expect to see a few surprises in terms of results once the NFL’s opening weekend is in the books.

The Panthers will need to start well to avoid instant murmuring of discontent from sections of their fanbase who are not convinced the decisions made this offseason were for the greater good. They appear good value at +3.5 to cover the spread and this might be the smart way to go.

The over-under for points scored at Bank of America Stadium is listed at 47-47.5 from most betting companies. Given the amount of early-season defensive mistakes expected and the talent on offense available to both teams, then the over should be covered.

For those looking at value betting on touchdown scorers, the likes of Christian McCaffrey, Darren Waller, Robby Anderson, and Hunter Renfrow should find the end zone if they make the most out of the opportunities coming their way this afternoon.