With the NFL’s decision to have Thursday night games on a weekly basis, the biggest benefactors of this move are football gambling fans, because now they get one extra day to have some action on an NFL game. It is a great way for football gambling fans to head into the weekend with some extra money in their pocket, due to a wise betting strategy applied on the Thursday night game.
This Thursday at 8:20pm the New York Giants will be in Carolina to take on the Panthers. Both teams are coming off thrilling victories, in which they had to rely on their offenses to carry them to a win. The current over/under for the game is 51, and many football gambling fans are already pounding the over, because both teams were involved in a shoot out last week, so they assume past results will influence future results. Also the last 4 times these teams have met, the over is 4-0. Clearly everything is pointing in the direction of a high scoring game, but this is the time to take the football gambling strategy of a contrarian and pick the under 51 for the game. I would not be surprised if by Thursday the total jumped to at least 52, which would make it even more beneficial to take the under.
The current spread on the game has the Giants as the slight favorite at -1. The Giants are 5-1 against the spread in their last 6 games following a straight up win, and the Panthers are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 home games. So the trends, just like the minuscule line is not really giving a clear indication of who should win this game. This is really a tough game to pick, so I would suggest just picking the Panthers on the money line, just because they are home, and at least the payout on the dog will be slightly better.