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Point spread, total, moneyline and more for Rams-Panthers in Week 1

Can Christian McCaffrey carry the Panthers or will Todd Gurley help the Rams win? We break down all the odds, including the point spread, the over/under, and some interesting player prop bets.

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey carries the ball against the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium. Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

After an ugly Super Bowl letdown, the Rams kick off their 2019 campaign with a trip to Carolina. The Panthers got off to a 6-2 start in 2018, but then an injury to Cam Newton began a downward spiral and they finished just 7-9.

This matchup looks like an offensive showcase, especially with Newton back and healthy. Even with his ongoing shoulder injury, Newton maintained an 11-game streak in which he threw for multiple touchdowns per game. The Panthers’ talented cadre of young skill players — Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel — still are improving as they enter just their second or third seasons. The Rams had the second-most potent offense in the league last season, both by yards and scoring. The Panthers’ defense was decidedly average, and while they made considerable efforts to strengthen their linebacker group this offseason, they barely addressed the rest of their defensive issues. The Rams bring back all of their primary offensive contributors from last season, including their leading rusher and their top eight pass-catchers.

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Rams at Panthers

Betting Odds

Point Spread: Panthers +1

Total Points: 50

Money Line: Panthers +108; Rams -129

Records

Overall: Rams 15-4; Panthers 7-9

ATS: Rams 9-8-2; Panthers 7-9

O/U: Rams 8-10-1; Panthers 8-8

Notable Prop Bets

Rams: First team to score 25 points +130; Todd Gurley first touchdown scorer +550

Panthers: Curtis Samuel to score +220; First team to score -109

Betting Trends

The Rams have won 11 of their last 12 day games.

The Panthers have covered the spread in 15 of their last 20 Sunday games as underdogs.

Each of the Rams’ last four road games have gone under the total points line.

Todd Gurley II has scored the first touchdown in three of the Rams last five games in September.

Todd Gurley II has scored at least one touchdown in each of his last eight appearances in road day games.

Cam Newton has scored a touchdown in each of the Panthers’ last three September home games against NFC opponents.

Cooper Kupp has scored a touchdown in four of his last five appearances in road games.

Christian McCaffrey has scored two touchdowns in three of the Panthers’ last four day games at Bank of America Stadium.

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