Action light and fairly split at sportsbooks for Eagles-Panthers

Oct 12, 2017 |

Week 6 of the NFL season kicks off with a Thursday night contest among two teams performing above expectations. Covers checks in on the action with Jeff Stoneback, director of trading for MGM Resorts sportsbooks in Las Vegas, and with the lines manager for offshore sportsbook GTBets.eu.

Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers – Open: -3; Move: None.

Carson Wentz appears to be quickly coming of age for Philadelphia (4-1 SU, 3-2 ATS). The second-year quarterback threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns last week, helping the Eagles to a 34-7 rout of Arizona as a 6-point home favorite.

Carolina also rolls into this game with a 4-1 SU/3-2 ATS record, following a pair of impressive road victories. After knocking off New England 33-30 as a 9-point underdog in Week 4, the Panthers traveled to Detroit and bested the Lions 27-24 catching 2 points in Week 5.

While the line hasn’t moved on this game at MGM books, including Stoneback’s home base at The Mirage on the Vegas Strip, the price has seen several adjustments. Carolina opened -3 (-115) on Monday, and the price hit -125 earlier today, but was down to the standard -110 by late morning.

The moneyline however, is a different issue.

“We did take some sharp money on the moneyline on the Eagles, at +155. That took them down to +145, and we just took another sharp bet on Eagles moneyline, so we’re down to +140,” Stoneback said this afternoon. Conversely, Carolina has gone from -175 to -160.

Beyond that, though, this 8:25 p.m. ET kickoff isn’t drawing much attention.

“Honestly, it’s a nice matchup, but there’s not much action on this game,” Stoneback said. “There are five more tickets on the Panthers, about $1,000 more money on the Eagles. But I’ve got more money written right now on the Michigan-Indiana game Saturday morning than on Eagles-Panthers tonight.”

GTBets.eu also opened the Panthers -3.

“Despite fairly even betting, Carolina went up to -3.5 for a short stint on Wednesday morning, until the line went back down to 3 this morning,” GTBets’ lines manager said. “Side action is 50/50 for both bets and money. The sides are as evenly bet as any game I’ve ever seen. However, 60 percent of the parlays include Philadelphia +3.”


Patrick Everson is a Las Vegas-based senior writer for Covers. Follow him on Twitter: @Covers_Vegas.



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