Carolina (5-8 SU, 4-8-1 ATS) rebounded from a 40-7 drubbing at Seattle in Week 13 to beat San Diego last Sunday, 28-16 to cash as one-point home favorites. After allowing a total of 75 points in the previous two losses, the Panthers’ defense stepped up by causing five turnovers, including three interceptions of Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers. Kicker Graham Ganoconnected on four field goals for Carolina, while the Panthers overcame just 10 completions from Cam Newton to improve to 4-3 at Bank of America Stadium.
Washington (7-5-1 SU, 9-4 ATS) finished off a string of three consecutive road games by rallying past Philadelphia, 27-22 to cover as two-point favorites. The Redskins lost the previous two weeks at Dallas and Arizona, but pulled off the season sweep of the Eagles thanks to a pair of touchdown passes by Kirk Cousins and the go-ahead touchdown run scored by Chris Thompson after the two-minute warning. DeSean Jackson burned his former team by hauling in three catches for 102 yards and a touchdown, his highest yardage mark in a victory this season.
The Panthers have won four consecutive matchups with the Redskins since 2009, including three victories at Bank of America Stadium. Last season, Carolina blasted Washington, 44-16 to easily cover as seven-point favorites. The Redskins hung around after one quarter, tying the Panthers at 14-14 with a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. However, Carolina exploded for 17 points in the second quarter and only allowed a fourth quarter safety in the final 45 minutes. Newton diced up the Redskins’ defense for five touchdown passes to five different receivers, as last season’s MVP owns a perfect 3-0 record against Washington in his career.
Carolina has slumped to a 1-5 mark on the highway this season following a 7-1 road record last season. The Panthers dropped three of those games by three points or less at Denver, Oakland, and New Orleans, while allowing at least 35 points in four of six road contests, as Carolina is 5-1 to the OVER away from Bank of America Stadium. Carolina is listed as an underdog for the third time this season, going 0-2 SU and 1-1 ATS with the lone cover coming at Oakland as 3 ½-point ‘dogs in a 35-32 setback.
Since 2013, the Redskins have struggled on Monday Night Football by posting a 1-5 SU/ATS record, including an 0-5 SU/ATS mark at FedEx Field. In this season’s opener against Pittsburgh, the Redskins were steamrolled by the Steelers, 38-16 on Monday night as 2 ½-point underdogs. The last time Washington won a Monday night home game came in 2012 against the Giants, as the Redskins own a dreadful 2-15 record on Mondays at FedEx Field since the stadium opened in 1997.
The Redskins will look to break their Monday night jinx as home teams on Monday night have fared well over the last two months by going 7-2 SU and 6-2-1 ATS in the last nine weeks. Following a five-week UNDER run, the OVER has hit in four of the past six Monday night games.