The Denver Broncos visit the Carolina Panthers in Week 12 of the 2022 NFL Season. The Broncos are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Raiders in overtime, while the Panthers are also coming off a very close loss to the Ravens. This should be an interesting matchup because both teams want to rebound after the loss. Let’s take a look at the odds and make some picks and predictions for this game!
Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers Betting Odds
The Denver Broncos are a 2-point road favorite against the Carolina Panthers and are at -135 on the money line. The over/under is also at 36. The Broncos being slight favorites here makes sense because while both of these teams are in disarray, the Broncos still have more talent on their roster compared to the Panthers. The over/under makes sense because both of these offenses are struggling, and both of these defenses are playing very well. This spread should stay where it’s at before game time in favor of the Broncos.
Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers Prediction
The pick: Broncos -2
These two teams have been disappointments this year, in particular the Broncos more than the Panthers. However, the Panthers still have less talent than the Broncos and that’s what this pick comes down to. Russell Wilson should be better in this game, but most importantly the Broncos should be able to run the ball more than they have been. Wilson has faced a ton of criticism all year, but the Broncos are still in a position to rebound a bit, with him rebounding too. The biggest reason to like the Broncos here is because of their defense. The defense gives up 17 points and 323 total yards a game on the year. They are playing very well even if the offense has disappointed and been inconsistent all year. The Panthers are another team that’s a mess. The Panthers offense has all sorts of issues regardless of who’s playing quarterback. Baker Mayfield has struggled and so has PJ Walker. They have shown the ability to run the ball with D’Onta Foreman, which is promising. The defense for Carolina has shown it can be good, but has been inconsistent too. They give up 23 points and 369 total yards a game on the year. The Panthers being at home also helps a lot too. This will be a defensive struggle of a game, but the Broncos are the better bet here because they still have some talent to like, whereas, the Panthers don’t have as much.
Broncos are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games on grass.
Panthers are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Denver Broncos Injuries: RB Chase Edmonds (Ankle) O, WR Jerry Jeudy (Ankle) Q
Carolina Panthers Injuries: QB PJ Walker (Ankle) Q, CB Donte Jackson (Achilles) O
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Russell Wilson vs the Panthers Secondary
Russell Wilson might be the biggest free agency bust in the history of the NFL if he can’t find a way to rebound at all this season. He has 2,227 passing yards, seven passing touchdowns, five interceptions, and he has a 60% completion percentage on the year. The Panthers are not great against the pass and allow 232 passing yards a game. Wilson should be able to take advantage of this defense, and if he doesn’t it’ll be hard for the Broncos to win.
D’Onta Foreman vs the Broncos Front Seven
D’Onta Foreman has been very good in replacing Christian McCaffrey for the Panthers. He has 102 carries, 450 rushing yards, and four rushing touchdowns on the year. He hasn’t been amazing, but he’s been a very solid replacement. The Broncos are very good against the run and allow 115 rushing yards a game. Foreman needs to have a good game in order for the Panthers to have a chance in this game because the passing game has been so inconsistent for them.