The Denver Broncos face the Carolina Panthers on Sunday in their week 12 matchup. It’s a battle of irrelevant teams, but one team does indeed have to win. Well technically there can be a tie but those don’t happen with much frequency in the NFL so in all likelihood, one of these two teams has to win on Sunday.
The Carolina Panthers are not that different from the Denver Broncos this year. Carolina has a 3-8 record and has already fired their head coach. Matt Rhule, who got the axe over a month ago, has already accepted a position to be the head coach back at the college level at Nebraska.
The Panthers’ defense is better than their offense. Their scoring offense ranks 25th in the NFL and their scoring defense ranks 19th. Baker Mayfield and PJ Walker have been the two primary quarterbacks taking snaps for the team this year, but it’s Sam Darnold getting the start for the Panthers Sunday.
What does Las Vegas have to say about the Broncos’ chances?
The Broncos are favored in this game, and they should be because they are the better team, even if it’s not by much. According to FanDuel, Denver are a 1.5 point favorite playing in Carolina. They have -124 odds on the moneyline, and the over/under win total for this game is a low 36.5.
Even though I thought the team would beat the Raiders last week, I do have more faith that they can take down Carolina on Sunday. The 1.5 spread is something I’m comfortable taking. I’d also be more inclined to take the under on the point total.
The game has a 17-10 stench to it in my opinion.
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Predictions for the Broncos in week 12
Denver is in desperate need for a win on Sunday. Every week the team loses it seems like Nathaniel Hackett could get fired, but it hasn’t happened. Denver’s defense should make life very hard for Sam Darnold and the Panthers’ offense.
DJ Moore is a legitimate weapon for them and their primary running back is D’Onta Foreman, who has had a nice year. I just don’t see a path for the Panthers to score more than one offensive touchdown, and even though this is likely going to be an ugly game yet again, I think Denver does enough to win.