Monday Night Football has the AFC East leading New England Patriots traveling to Carolina to take on the surging Panthers.
We talk to oddsmaker Michael Stewart of Carbonsports.ag about the action coming in on Monday Night Football and where the odds could move come kickoff.
New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers - Open: -1.5, Move: -2.5
Panthers QB Cam Newton has stepped up his play during Carolina's five-game winning streak. Newton has completed 69.8 percent of his passes to go along with 10 total touchdowns, while only turning the ball over four times in five games.
The Panthers have covered the spread in the last five games, while the Patriots are 1-3 against the spread on the road.
According to Stewart, sharp action came in early on the home dog, but the action has been back and forth throughout the week.
"We booked very sharp action on the favorite, pushing us to Panthers -2.5," Stewart says. "After going to -2.5, we booked tons of money on the Patriots +2.5 and went back to Panthers -1.5."
Since moving back to Panthers -1.5, there was once again sharp action on the favorite and the number has settled at -2.5.
"Since going to -2.5 yesterday, we've booked great two-way action at that number and I don't see us getting off that number anytime soon," Stewart says. "For us, it's an unusual game in that the sharps are backing the faves and the public is backing the dog."
As for the total, most books opened between 44 and 46.5, with early action on the Over before sharps pushed the total to as high as 48.
"We went to 48, but we started seeing more money come in on the Under," Stewart says. "So we further adjusted and went down to 47.5."