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Bettors are lining up behind the Panthers

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The Panthers are going to have a harder time attaching a chip to their shoulders for Super Bowl 50.

Via Ben Fawkes of ESPN.com, the Panthers have become the clear favorites for the NFL championship game against the Broncos, with the line moving from Carolina giving 3.5 points to the Panthers being favored by 5.5 points.

“I can’t remember a more one-sided betting Super Bowl,” William Hill US director of trading Nick Bogdanovich told Fawkes.

John Avello, the director race and sports operations at the Wynn and Encore, said that more than 80 percent of the bets have been placed on the Panthers giving 4.5 points.

Vegas has seen this movie before, recently. The Patriots were clear favorites over the Broncos, and the Broncos not only covered but won the game straight up.

And that will give Broncos plenty of ammunition for claiming all next week that no one believes in them.

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  1. cb28031 says: Jan 28, 2016 11:36 AM

    Panthers by 10…..

  2. bronx33 says: Jan 28, 2016 11:38 AM

    If I were a Panthers fan, I would bet the house on them!!

  3. doctormantistoboggan says: Jan 28, 2016 11:39 AM

    Cam will turn to puddy and quiver once he sees Lord Manning on the other sideline.

    Broncos: 26

    Panthers: 11

    I’ve instructed Seth over at JT Marlin to convert all my holdings to Broncos + 5.5

  4. terripet says: Jan 28, 2016 11:40 AM

    Denver 23 19 Denver corners will take out the panthers wrs and ward will take care of Olson cam will throw 2 interceptions Denver super bowl champs

  5. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 28, 2016 11:40 AM

    The Panthers look good, don’t get me wrong. And I under estimated them against the Seahawks.

    But people doubted the Broncos at home against the Patriots and look what happened. Now they doubt them again.

    Peyton isn’t very good anymore, but this is a defense that can possibly keep the Panthers to around 20 points.

  6. thefatlazygamer says: Jan 28, 2016 11:41 AM

    So I guess this all but guarantees that the Broncos will pull of the win. Vegas has a strong influence over all sports.

  7. lonespeed says: Jan 28, 2016 11:41 AM

    “I don’t see how you can call offensive pass interference in that spot Jim, sure, by the book you can argue the offense was illegally engaged, but both players are battling for the ball and the defense usually loses that call. You have to wonder, Jim, what the score might be if the Panthers were not taking these critical penalties on third down. Instead, they only lead by 3.”

  8. Bizzareslantpass says: Jan 28, 2016 11:41 AM

    Thank you so much America, and pundits, for making this happen. Broncos have a hard time being the favorites, but embrace being the underdog!

  9. nanner12wojo says: Jan 28, 2016 11:46 AM

    Someone might want to remind William Hill of the 2007 SuperBowl (Jan 08).

    I believe the 18-0 Patriots were massive favorites over the Giants. My memory isn’t perfect, but the opening line was something like NE by 10 and it moved all the way to 12 before kickoff and the money was still heavily on the Pats.

    Obviously we all know what happened…

  10. imodan says: Jan 28, 2016 11:47 AM

    Yeah, sure. How’d that work out for all us fools who had the Patriots? Save your money and buy more booze! :)

  11. luvpeytonmanning says: Jan 28, 2016 11:48 AM

    Just like Bettors got in line to bet on the Patroits, how did that work out for you?

  12. routerunner says: Jan 28, 2016 11:48 AM

    Look at it this way… the Patriots have no offensive line or running game and it still took the Broncos D line playing out of their minds, a really bad Brady pick, a missed PAT and Denver offense only having to not doing anything dumb to barely eke out a win.

    The Panthers have an offensive line, and a playmaking defense. Oh and Gronkowski is the best, and shredded Denver. The Panthers have the next best thing to Gronk in Olson. Plus a large mobile QB and a running game to neutralize Denver pass rush. No mystery why they are favored.

  13. niners816 says: Jan 28, 2016 11:49 AM

    Maybe I’m in the minority, but I hope the Panthers lose. I used to like Cam, before his celebrations. I get it, it was 2nd & 2 and you ran for 3 yards…point your finger for a first down like it was an 80 yard play. Then playing the race card yesterday, I’m over that dude. Plus, it’d be cool to see Peyton get another ring and ride off. Go BRONCOS!!

  14. thebirdofprey says: Jan 28, 2016 11:49 AM

    Its clear to anyone watching football the Panthers are the clear favorite. They are elite on both sides of the ball. The Broncos have a defense that is possibly equal to Panthers.

    I think the Panther will represent what the NFC elite teams can do on the big stage. They have been the top team in NFL all year.

  15. gosfvr says: Jan 28, 2016 11:49 AM

    Wasnt Denver a 14 point dog vs Green Bay in the late 90s?
    And they ended up winning.

  16. bullcharger says: Jan 28, 2016 11:52 AM

    No one believes in them. That’s true.

    Doesn’t mean they won’t win, but it’s just hard to understand how.

    Even as a Patriots fan, I could see how they could shut down the Patriots, especially in Denver. Patriots had no running game, a shaky OL and a pocket QB. Not a good match up for the Denver D.

    I figured the team that made more mistakes would then lose, and they did. 2 INTs and a missed XP.

    Carolina is a different animal. They can run it against good defenses. They have a good OL and a QB that can avoid almost any rush and can also neutralize a rush but running designed QB running plays that look like FB runs.

    Cam can also throw it deep with accuracy. He generally can stretch any defense out.

    Denver is away from home on a neutral field and lose that advantage of other teams having to adjust to that environment.

    The Patriots also showed how to get to Manning in the second half of the AFCCG, which they will have to figure out.

    I wouldn’t put money on Denver until the spread moved to double digits.

    Who knows, maybe Peyton will have a great day, but I think they are out matched at the moment.

  17. gary2525 says: Jan 28, 2016 11:52 AM

    Take Denver. The bet huge on NE last week and look what happened plus Payton is going out a Champion

  18. jimbo75025 says: Jan 28, 2016 11:53 AM

    With 80% of the money on the Panthers, I would be worried if I was a Carolina fan. Usually the betting public is way off.

    See if the line keeps expanding and heavy money then starts coming in on the Broncos.

    Vegas made an absolute killing on the Pats-Broncos game.

  19. stellarperformance says: Jan 28, 2016 11:53 AM

    The Packers were heavy favorites over the Broncos many years ago, and had their hats handed to them.

    I guess that’s why they play the game.

  20. guachosporlife says: Jan 28, 2016 11:57 AM

    Easiest Super Bowl to predict. A QB who’s in his prime (Newton) with a stout defense, vs a QB waaayy pass his prime (Manning) and with a very good defense as well, but not as good Carolina. It’s going to be be the Panthers 38-17. Another blow out loss for Denver.

  21. mobil4life says: Jan 28, 2016 11:57 AM

    Manning will throw 4 Int’s, get sacked 6 times, lose 2 fumbles.

    Panthers Defense will score 2 TD’s.

    That is all they will need to win this game.

    Panthers 33
    Broncos 13

  22. armchairqb says: Jan 28, 2016 11:58 AM

    Of course they are. Panthers laying just 3.5!? That’s free money.

    Panthers and the over. All day, every day.

  23. bullcharger says: Jan 28, 2016 11:58 AM

    gosfvr says:
    Jan 28, 2016 11:49 AM

    Wasnt Denver a 14 point dog vs Green Bay in the late 90s?
    And they ended up winning.

    ———-

    And the Giants were 12.5 point dogs vs the Patriots in 2007/2008.

    and the Patriots were 14 point docs vs the Rams in 2001/2002.

    No one saw those victories coming.

    Denver can definitely win too and probably more easily then those teams. It’s just hard to see at the moment.

  24. psubeerman21 says: Jan 28, 2016 11:59 AM

    I would bet denver. I don’t know if they will win, but that defense can keep them within 5 points.

  25. weepingjebus says: Jan 28, 2016 12:02 PM

    55 gallon drums of good luck being shipped to Peyton’s wife’s warehouse right now.

  26. bleedgreen says: Jan 28, 2016 12:02 PM

    routerunner says:
    Jan 28, 2016 11:48 AM

    Look at it this way… the Patriots have no offensive line or running game and it still took the Broncos D line playing out of their minds, a really bad Brady pick, a missed PAT and Denver offense only having to not doing anything dumb to barely eke out a win.

    The Panthers have an offensive line, and a playmaking defense. Oh and Gronkowski is the best, and shredded Denver. The Panthers have the next best thing to Gronk in Olson. Plus a large mobile QB and a running game to neutralize Denver pass rush. No mystery why they are favored.

    ——————————————-

    Isn’t that what everyone said when the Broncos played the Seahawks? That the Broncos offense, statistically the BEST EVER at the time, would expose the Seahawks? And what happened?

  27. whywerule says: Jan 28, 2016 12:04 PM

    routerunner says:
    Jan 28, 2016 11:48 AM
    ….
    The Panthers have an offensive line, and a playmaking defense. Oh and Gronkowski is the best, and shredded Denver. The Panthers have the next best thing to Gronk in Olson. Plus a large mobile QB and a running game to neutralize Denver pass rush. No mystery why they are favored.

    I think that is a good summary. I think Denver’s only advantage ever against this Panthers team would be if it was a home game in altitude for Denver which is obviously not the case. Still, any given Sunday always applies. Good luck to both teams and their fan bases.

  28. hawkinssandy0112 says: Jan 28, 2016 12:04 PM

    Go Panthers!!!

  29. kidzaround says: Jan 28, 2016 12:05 PM

    I wonder if Cam will break out his T-Bag dance if he scores on Denver.

  30. broncofanssuck says: Jan 28, 2016 12:05 PM

    The Donkeys barely beat a injured Pittsburgh team, barely escaped Brady. Meanwhile the Panthers this season have handily beat the #2, #3, #4, and #5 defenses this season. I don’t see them struggling against the #1 too much. As delusional as bronco fans are ( I live in denver) even they know deep in thier hearts that the Panthers will win.

  31. boogerhut says: Jan 28, 2016 12:07 PM

    routerunner says:
    Jan 28, 2016 11:48 AM
    Look at it this way… the Patriots have no offensive line or running game and it still took the Broncos D line playing out of their minds, a really bad Brady pick, a missed PAT and Denver offense only having to not doing anything dumb to barely eke out a win.

    The Panthers have an offensive line, and a playmaking defense. Oh and Gronkowski is the best, and shredded Denver. The Panthers have the next best thing to Gronk in Olson. Plus a large mobile QB and a running game to neutralize Denver pass rush. No mystery why they are favored.

    Look at it this way. Pats LOST. Look at it ANYWAYS. Pats LOST. Gronk obviously fell well short on the whole shredding chart thing because….. Pats LOST. Pats faced a elite D and LOST. THAT’S the way it will be thought of bro.

  32. bullcharger says: Jan 28, 2016 12:11 PM

    doctormantistoboggan says:
    Jan 28, 2016 11:39 AM

    Cam will turn to puddy and quiver once he sees Lord Manning on the other sideline.

    Broncos: 26

    Panthers: 11

    I’ve instructed Seth over at JT Marlin to convert all my holdings to Broncos + 5.5

    ———

    Seth at JT marlin is exactly the kind of guy that would take bets on the Broncos. Easy money.

  33. kcchefs58 says: Jan 28, 2016 12:11 PM

    I hope they tie.

    -McNabb

  34. realqc says: Jan 28, 2016 12:12 PM

    Denver’s defense was best in yards, but if Peyton turns over the ball leaving CAR with short fields, it does not matter. Denver barely squeeked out a game vs a NE team that lacks the weapons CAR does. Denver’s great defense is not that much better than CAR great defense, and CAR offense is light years better than DEN offense. Are we surprised by the line?

  35. myspaceyourface says: Jan 28, 2016 12:12 PM

    Carolina has looked very impressive… I can understand why they are the favorites.

    I do think the NFL, I mean Denver finds a way to win it for Manning in the end. Just have that feeling.

  36. bullcharger says: Jan 28, 2016 12:13 PM

    boogerhut says:
    Jan 28, 2016 12:07 PM

    routerunner says:
    Jan 28, 2016 11:48 AM
    Look at it this way… the Patriots have no offensive line or running game and it still took the Broncos D line playing out of their minds, a really bad Brady pick, a missed PAT and Denver offense only having to not doing anything dumb to barely eke out a win.

    The Panthers have an offensive line, and a playmaking defense. Oh and Gronkowski is the best, and shredded Denver. The Panthers have the next best thing to Gronk in Olson. Plus a large mobile QB and a running game to neutralize Denver pass rush. No mystery why they are favored.

    Look at it this way. Pats LOST. Look at it ANYWAYS. Pats LOST. Gronk obviously fell well short on the whole shredding chart thing because….. Pats LOST. Pats faced a elite D and LOST. THAT’S the way it will be thought of bro.

    ————–

    I think we are talking about the Super Bowl and why Carolina should beat Denver. No one is doubting the Patriots lost or even that the Denver defense is elite. Cam and the Panthers are better then the Patriots and Denver is not at home.

  37. stealthjunk says: Jan 28, 2016 12:14 PM

    Vegas makes money by getting people to make dumb bets, not by actually predicting the which team will win and by how many points. As history has shown, betting on the Super Bowl is a dangerous game — anything can happen. For example:

    Green Bay, the dominant defending Super Bowl Champions, were favored by 11 points against Denver in 1998. Denver won by 7 points, an 18 point difference.

    Denver, with the best offense in NFL history, was favored by 2.5 points against Seattle in 2014. Seattle won by 35 points, a 37.5 point difference. I think a lot of people would have bet their life savings on Denver +34 points and they still would have lost.

  38. saundersspencer2 says: Jan 28, 2016 12:18 PM

    Fans are lucky because you have the two best teams from the AFC and NFC in SB 50. Two stellar defenses, two awesome QBs at different points in their careers. I’m a huge Panther fan, but I have tremendous respect for the Broncos, if you watch film on their defense they could keep Ryan Mallett in a game. This will be an exciting super bowl for the fans. KEEP POUNDING

    Panthers 24
    Broncos 21

  39. abninf says: Jan 28, 2016 12:18 PM

    broncofanssuck says:

    Meanwhile the Panthers this season have handily beat the #2, #3, #4, and #5 defenses this season.
    =====================================

    And got beaten by the #14 defense. Any given Sunday.

  40. 8oneanddones says: Jan 28, 2016 12:18 PM

    There’s a decent chance for rain that weekend. That would favor the Broncos, right?

  41. broncofanssuck says: Jan 28, 2016 12:20 PM

    The Donkeys barely beat a injured Pittsburgh team, barely escaped Brady. Meanwhile the Panthers this season have handily beat the #2, #3, #4, and #5 defenses this season. I don’t see them struggling against the #1 too much. As delusional as bronco fans are ( I live in denver) even they know deep in their hearts that the Panthers will win.

  42. trubroncfan07 says: Jan 28, 2016 12:22 PM

    So glad the Broncos are underdogs in this game! Vegas about come up on all that public panther money!

  43. quadya says: Jan 28, 2016 12:22 PM

    which means I’ll take Denver and the points…

  44. bullcharger says: Jan 28, 2016 12:24 PM

    Since 2001, the winner has covered the spread in the Super Bowl 11 of 14 times.

    The 3 times the winner didn’t cover they were favorites by more than 6 and then won by 3 or 4.

    Only 3 times in the last 14 years did a favorite win and cover the spread.

    If you go by that trend, then Denver is the pick.

    Logically I don’t see it, but maybe I am wrong.

  45. goattoday says: Jan 28, 2016 12:27 PM

    “Vegas has seen this movie before, recently. The Patriots were clear favorites over the Broncos, and the Broncos not only covered but won the game straight up.”

    Nuff said…

  46. bryonneufeld says: Jan 28, 2016 12:29 PM

    It’s weird there is so much action on one game. Even the best betters can only get about 60% of the games right. You are much better off to bet games during regular season, picking maybe 10 games each week you feel good about, hoping to win 6 or 7.

  47. pamperpro says: Jan 28, 2016 12:31 PM

    Routerunner above has it right.
    The pats oline made a good donkey defense look elite. No way they play the same against the panthers away from their home field. The Raiders beat the donkeys at home!
    Over rated that donkey team is………

  48. mogogo1 says: Jan 28, 2016 12:31 PM

    Lines have zero to do with the teams but everything to do with the bettors. Had the Pats won I doubt the Panthers would be favored at all and most certainly not by 5.5, yet the team that looked FANTASTIC defensively in beating the Pats is a big underdog.

  49. infectorman says: Jan 28, 2016 12:31 PM

    2 point increase in a few days?
    That’s huge.

    Patriots and Panthers are very different teams.

    Denver got 3 pts the entire 2nd half, at home against the NE D.
    Had the Pats pulled out that victory, Gronk and the entire NE defense would be co-mvps of the game.

    Denver O might find tough sledding against the Panthers D also.
    Plus, Brady can’t run and Cam can outrun the Donley pass rush when he feels the heat. Obviously, not TB’s game

    Lastly, the Panthers have a running game. Something the Pats haven’t much of for the last 8-10 weeks.

    Much different challenge for Donks this week.
    Panthers roll

  50. imodan says: Jan 28, 2016 12:32 PM

    Peyton Manning. Not Payton Manning. You’d think all these hero worshipers would at least know how to spell the guys name correctly after his long and illustrious career. I know it’s petty but it drives me insane. Just like the dopes who can’t spell Belichick.

  51. sdcharger123 says: Jan 28, 2016 12:35 PM

    The only thing giving Denver a remote possibility of winning this game is if their defense takes over and rattles Cam early. If Panthers get off to their usual fast start it’s going to be over before half time.

  52. yette1 says: Jan 28, 2016 12:36 PM

    I wonder if the Broncos feel disrespected?

    Panthers 38 – Broncos 7

  53. broncofanssuck says: Jan 28, 2016 12:36 PM

    broncofanssuck says:

    Meanwhile the Panthers this season have handily beat the #2, #3, #4, and #5 defenses this season.
    =====================================

    And got beaten by the #14 defense. Any given Sunday.

    =====================================
    The Raiders beat the supposed #1 defense any given Sunday.

  54. kidzaround says: Jan 28, 2016 12:37 PM

    imodan says:
    Jan 28, 2016 12:32 PM
    Peyton Manning. Not Payton Manning. You’d think all these hero worshipers would at least know how to spell the guys name correctly after his long and illustrious career. I know it’s petty but it drives me insane. Just like the dopes who can’t spell Belichick.

    ********

    Eye thought it was speled Belicheat. I’ve bin wrong all these years and didn’t know it. I’m glad you’re hear to currect me.

  55. jetfanfolife says: Jan 28, 2016 12:40 PM

    I really do want Denver to win, however The Panthers are going to chew them up and spit them out

  56. trubroncfan07 says: Jan 28, 2016 12:44 PM

    Panthers beat up both the NFC and AFC South this year. Two of the weakest divisions in football.They played the 28th ranked schedule. Denver going to win easy!

  57. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 28, 2016 12:45 PM

    Do you think PEDton spells it “Omahgh”?
    :)

  58. Frum Slum says: Jan 28, 2016 12:48 PM

    Seriously though, how do you stop a Cam Newton? He’s basically has to have an off day or something. He’s the new prototype.

  59. reebsta says: Jan 28, 2016 12:57 PM

    If Carolina goes into the half up by two or three scores like they’ve done the last two weeks, Denver is done, Manning can’t play catch up and they would NEVER pull him

  60. q1ller says: Jan 28, 2016 12:59 PM

    The Broncos are going to add to their record number of SB losses by adding number 6 to the list.

  61. stealthjunk says: Jan 28, 2016 1:06 PM

    The nice thing about an elite defense is that it doesn’t matter how bad the Denver offense might be, as they’ve shown time and time again this year. The defense will keep the scoring low, which means the Denver offense only needs to make a few plays or take advantage of 1 or 2 turnovers to win. The reason Denver scored only 3 points against NE in the second half is because they knew they their defense would get the job done and didn’t need to take any risks. It’s an ironic thing for the fans of a team that scored 0 points in the second half against Seattle to point out.

    I see a lot of “yeah, well, Arizona was the #5 defense and Carolina destroyed them!” That sounds nice, until you realize that the difference between the Denver defense (#1) and Arizona defense (#5) is about the same as the difference between Arizona and Jacksonville’s 24th-ranked defense. To put the Denver defense in perspective, they have given up only about 9 yards more per game than Seattle’s “best ever” defense gave up during the 2013 season, yet Denver’s defense doesn’t get anywhere near the same respect.

    That’s not to say Denver will win, but those of you who think this will be a blowout and bet heavily on the Panthers are in for a rude awakening.

  62. campcre3k says: Jan 28, 2016 1:08 PM

    Everybody is saying Denver isn’t at home and that pass rush won’t be the same; so is this a home game for Carolina??? Denver will shock everybody and Peyton will go out on top

  63. ajames35 says: Jan 28, 2016 1:10 PM

    A few thoughts…

    Despite the heavy one-sided betting, a move from 3.5 to 5.5 is not particularly interesting, because it doesn’t touch the key numbers of 3 or 7.

    Often when you see heavy action on one side early, it’s countered (maybe not balanced) with sharp money on game day. Those bettors are waiting for the best line in response to public money.

    It’s counter-intuitive, but as a bettor, any time I can be on the opposite side of 80+% of money, I’ll take that. Fading the public is a good place to be more often than not.

  64. sidelinecameraman says: Jan 28, 2016 1:42 PM

    34-17 Panthers….

  65. ebdug says: Jan 28, 2016 1:53 PM

    Everybody bets the uper Bowl. People who don’t even know what a point spread is bet the Super Bowl. It inflates the line to a ridiculous amount.

    You can bet the smart money will be there to scoop up the 7 points late.

  66. tjacks7 says: Jan 28, 2016 2:04 PM

    The public is wrong more than they’re right… That’s why sports books make a ton of money. Keep pushing that line because the Denver money line is looking good two weeks in a row.

  67. tjacks7 says: Jan 28, 2016 2:13 PM

    23-16, Denver.

  68. jjackwagon says: Jan 28, 2016 2:21 PM

    Broncos lost to the Chiefs and Raiders. Then barely won playoff games against the injured Steelers and a Pats offense with no running game.

    If the Panthers show up, they win easy.

  69. jgedgar70 says: Jan 28, 2016 2:24 PM

    “The Panthers are going to have a harder time attaching a chip to their shoulders for Super Bowl 50.”

    Really? Just because the gambling addicts are betting their kids’ college funds on them? That means nothing.

    There is plenty of disrespect out there for the Panthers to use. Even on this thread, you have people using the lame, tired, old “dancing, selfies and camera-mugging are immature and unsportsmanlike, and Cam Newton is the first person to ever act like that, therefore he is evil” narrative that has been going on all season.

    But chip on the shoulder or not, the Panthers are confident, and so are their fans. KEEP POUNDING!

  70. dal1as says: Jan 28, 2016 2:26 PM

    Good!! The Broncos are at their best as the home underdog. I hope the Panthers start believing their own press clippings about how good they are too.

  71. bleck5 says: Jan 28, 2016 2:43 PM

    Its hard to have faith in Denver when they have lost more Superbowls than any other franchise in the NFL. And have got lucky more than once this year.

  72. JSpicoli says: Jan 28, 2016 3:03 PM

    This stat and my healthy and well deserved distrust of humans and their willingness to cheat are the only things that make me nervous.

  73. maiphatdong says: Jan 28, 2016 3:14 PM

    Did any of you see how much time Brady had when we only rushed 3? There was never an open receiver to throw to! Brown, Ginn, and Cotch will get shut down, Broncos will sack Cam atleast 4 times and pressure him into throwing a couple of picks. The way Carolina will score will be with their special teams and a TD to Olson, not enough to win.

  74. fatsolio says: Jan 28, 2016 3:15 PM

    A more one sided superbowl when it wasn’t even ten years ago that the Pats were double digit favorites and had almost everyone expecting/betting for them to win.

    What a clown that guy is.

  75. dynastyposeiden says: Jan 28, 2016 3:19 PM

    vegas doesn’t lose many games when 80% of the money is on 1 side . once in awhile it happens but very rarely … what this means is the sheep keep the lights burning bright in vegas like they always have.

  76. rcali says: Jan 28, 2016 3:40 PM

    Here’s the real problem, 90% of the money being bet by Americans outside the U.S. The taxes off of $8 billion would pay for a lot of the libs’ pet programs.

  77. daramsman says: Jan 28, 2016 3:54 PM

    This is simply a bad match up. Not saying Denver can’t win. But if they cannot run the ball its going to be a long day. I think their defense is good enough to keep the game close for a while. But they almost have to be flawless.

    Holding the Panthers offense to 21 points will be task given the fact they have been averaging over 30 in the Post Season! Yikes!

  78. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 28, 2016 4:02 PM

    It should be a blow out just like seahawks v broncos a few years ago.

    If the horses beat the cats it will be a huge upset.

  79. randomguy9999 says: Jan 28, 2016 4:36 PM

    shutdown Ds will cancel each other out…

    Panthers will get an early lead, Cam will rip off a couple of major runs and a couple of bombs….. then the whole team will lay down as usual

    then the most intelligent and professional player to ever play the game, with the most experience of any current player, than can run the entire team from the line on each play, that reads blitzes and audibles every time, that is in the best shape he’s been in 5 years… PM, …. will go ahead in the 3rd and 4th quarters

    Cam will learn a hard lesson about thinking he’s got the game slam dunked for the 10th time this year and doing his stupid celebration jumping jacks like he’s in high school…. the Panthers have never been up against this good a team

    Broncs 28, Panthers 24

  80. mmack66 says: Jan 28, 2016 4:57 PM

    You Donkeys fans that are basing your Super Bowl hopes upon their performance against the Patriots in the AFCCG, are likely in for a rude awakening.

    It’s pretty clear that the Patriots weren’t the usual Patriots in the latter half of the season.

    I don’t know what was up with them, other than injuries, but it was bizarre.

  81. mmack66 says: Jan 28, 2016 5:34 PM

    randomguy9999 says:
    Jan 28, 2016 4:36 PM

    then the most intelligent and professional player to ever play the game, with the most experience of any current player, than can run the entire team from the line on each play, that reads blitzes and audibles every time, that is in the best shape he’s been in 5 years… PM, …. will go ahead in the 3rd and 4th quarters
    ———————–

    They only scored 3 points in the 2nd half of the AFCCG.

  82. bullcharger says: Jan 28, 2016 5:41 PM

    maiphatdong says:
    Jan 28, 2016 3:14 PM

    Did any of you see how much time Brady had when we only rushed 3? There was never an open receiver to throw to! Brown, Ginn, and Cotch will get shut down, Broncos will sack Cam atleast 4 times and pressure him into throwing a couple of picks. The way Carolina will score will be with their special teams and a TD to Olson, not enough to win.

    ————

    The Patriots were zero threat to run the ball. That’s a pretty major difference between the two games. Not having to respect a run game at all changes the defensive strategy completely.

    You can’t tee off on the QB and cover deep with the constant threat of the run game.

    Also, shutting down receivers is harder when the QB can scramble like Cam. Much different.

    Patriots beat teams with scheme and quick passes because of Brady. Cam beats teams with athletic talent. Both ways work, but a well executed game plan sometimes isn’t enough to stop Cam. One broken play can change the game.

  83. funshipm174 says: Jan 28, 2016 5:50 PM

    Panthers will score what Cam got on the Wonderlic, a 20.Denver will score what Peyton got on his,28. Just saying!

    Broncos-28 Carolina-20

  84. bullcharger says: Jan 28, 2016 5:57 PM

    campcre3k says:
    Jan 28, 2016 1:08 PM

    Everybody is saying Denver isn’t at home and that pass rush won’t be the same; so is this a home game for Carolina??? Denver will shock everybody and Peyton will go out on top

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    No… Denver has an incredible and measureable home field advantage that they lose on a neutral field. Carolina’s home advantage is far smaller.

    In Denver the opposing team struggles with the altitude and ends up with breathing issues and sometimes cramping. That means the OL too, so the Denver pass rush would be helped, especially on long drives and later in games. The Denver offense would get an advantage too.

    In Denver kicks go farther. Denver’s special team’s unit is used to the environment and it gives them much better field position in the punting game at home. They also never have to deal with defending kick off returns.

    In Denver the touch on the deep ball is different. The Denver QBs have an advantage at home because the ball goes a bit farther and they are used to it.

    These changes will have a negative impact on Denver for sure in comparison to the AFCCG.

    For post teams that are equal on a neutral field, I think you would say they are 3 point favorites at home and 3 point dogs on the road.

    Denver probably gives up more like a 4 point advantage when they go to a neutral field.

  85. funshipm174 says: Jan 28, 2016 6:06 PM

    BTW, Vegas loves people who don’t know what they’re doing. Dogs have won last 5 of 6 SB.

    L 2016 Santa Clara, CA Carolina vs. Denver – – –
    XLIX 2015 Glendale, AZ Seattle vs. New England Pick ’em (47.5) New England 28 Seattle 24 Over

    XLVIII 2014 East Rutherford, NJ Seattle vs. Denver Denver -2.5 (47.5) Seattle 43 Denver 8 Underdog-Over

    XLVII 2013 New Orleans, LA San Francisco vs. Baltimore San Francisco -4.5 (48) Baltimore 34 San Francisco 31 Underdog-Over

    XLVI 2012 Indianapolis, IN N.Y. Giants vs. New England New England -2.5 (53) N.Y. Giants 21 New England 17 Underdog-Under

    XLV 2011 Arlington, TX Green Bay vs. Pittsburgh Green Bay -3 (45) Green Bay 31 Pittsburgh 25 Favorite-Over

    XLIV 2010 Miami, FL New Orleans vs. Indianapolis Indianapolis -5 (57) New Orleans 31 Indianapolis 17 Underdog-Under

    XLIII 2009 Tampa, FL Pittsburgh vs. Arizona Pittsburgh -7 (46) Pittsburgh 27 Arizona 23 Underdog-Over

  86. bullcharger says: Jan 28, 2016 6:48 PM

    tjacks7 says:
    Jan 28, 2016 2:13 PM

    23-16, Denver.

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    I agree that if Carolina gets 16 points they will lose.

    I think they will be able to run the ball though.

    30-23 Carolina.

  87. bullcharger says: Jan 28, 2016 6:56 PM

    trubroncfan07 says:
    Jan 28, 2016 12:44 PM

    Panthers beat up both the NFC and AFC South this year. Two of the weakest divisions in football.They played the 28th ranked schedule. Denver going to win easy!

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    They demolished two top 5 teams in the playoffs.

    Those are the games that matter.

  88. staffordsyear says: Jan 28, 2016 7:19 PM

    The only way Denver wins this game is withtheir defense…Peyton won’t win this game on his own.

  89. cyberbucs says: Jan 28, 2016 7:34 PM

    Tampa Bay, the #1 defense in the league played the Oakland Raiders, the #1 offense in the league in Super Bowl 37. The Bucs were 3 point underdogs. Final Score: Bucs 48 Raiders 21. Gannon 5 interceptions, 3 for defensive TDS. Im taking Denver…

  90. ajames35 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:13 AM

    Line is up to CAR -6 (105) now at the offshore sportsbooks.

  91. stevedenetz says: Jan 29, 2016 11:19 AM

    remember folks the Vikings were favored in ALL of their super bowl appearances….half by double digit and lost them ALL…. casual fans bets on the super bowl…. Denver cant go into the 2nd quarter down by more than a field goal…. good game and ill take 5.5

  92. ajames35 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:28 AM

    “The reason Denver scored only 3 points against NE in the second half is because they knew they their defense would get the job done and didn’t need to take any risks. It’s an ironic thing for the fans of a team that scored 0 points in the second half against Seattle to point out.”
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    This analysis is misleading. Denver never led by more than 8 pts (one possession) the entire game. It’s not like they were just playing keepaway. Meanwhile, in the 2nd half, Carolina led by multiple scores until 1:12 left. After their opening drive, Seattle never even possessed the ball within 1 score.

  93. JSpicoli says: Jan 29, 2016 2:15 PM

    “Vegas has seen this movie before, recently. The Patriots were clear favorites over the Broncos, and the Broncos not only covered but won the game straight up.”

    You mention an anomalie from 1997. That is so recent.

    Shill all you want, Caronlina will win easily.

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