This is one of the most interesting matchups of Week 12. Carolina Panthers will travel to the Bay Area to face the Raiders. Cam Newton and his squad are looking to stay alive in their division, and they simply can’t afford any more losses. One of their hopes is that Atlanta is going to slip up at least once before their matchup in Carolina later this season.
Raiders are coming off a huge Monday Night Football victory versus the Houston Texans. Whether or not they caught a break in that match with some call that officials made is up for debate. What matters is that they won the game that allowed them to remain at the top of the AFC along with New England Patriots. Their offense is looking great, and they are 8-2 right now.
Derek Carr is one of the MVP candidates in the NFL and he is having a great season with some impressive figures on his stats. His weapons are all available to him, and he is making the most of the opportunity that was given to him in Oakland.
We know that this Panthers defense has been a bit shaky this year, so they’ll need to regroup and get it together against this Raiders offense. They can’t allow themselves to play as they did against the Falcons and the first thing to do is to improve and play tougher defense. This duel is going to be won on the defensive side of the ball, and that is the mentality that Panthers need to have going into this game.
We are picking the Panthers to add another win to their record and upset the Raiders on their home turf. Carolina should be able to get the job done if they play a good defensive game. With a good setup and Newton to lead this team, the final score will be 26:20 in favor of the Panthers.