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Carolina Panthers vs New York Giants NFL Predictions, 2010 Picks & Vegas Odds

carolina-panthers-smithCarolina Panthers vs New York Giants NFL Predictrions, 2010 Picks & Vegas Odds: Two teams looking toward the NFC playoffs in 2010 meet in a week 1 NFL predictions match-up as the New York Giants host the Carolina Panthers at the New Meadowlands Stadium in the first official NFL picks game at the new $1 billion dollar stadium. The Las Vegas odds makers have listed the Giants as 7-point NFL predictions favorites. The Giants, though, had a difficult time against the spread (ATS)during the 2009 NFL picks season, especially in NFL predictions contests at home, going 2-5. The Carolina Panthers, on the other hand, were NFL picks winners with a 6-3 record as a road underdog ATS. This could be a trap for those who follow Vegas odds.

During last years NFL predictions schedule, the Giants ended their season losing 41-9 at the old Meadowlands. That meltdown led to the firing of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s defensive coaches, and the Giants are looking for a rebound in the 2010 NFL schedule. The Panthers will look to exploit that defense again, this time behind new starting quarterback Matt Moore. In part-time duty, Moore had an excellent touchdown to interception ratio. Wide receiver Steve Smith is back and he has had recent success against the Giants so Moore will have a reliable target, but the other side of the line is filled with question marks. There is no question that the Panthers will want to run the ball in theie NFL picks match-up against the Giants with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, a pair of 1,000-yard rushers a year ago. The Panthers will run at and around the Giants front seven, many of whom disappointed in 2009. The offensive line is awesome at run blocking but struggle some in the passing game, something the Giants hope to exploit with their defensive line.

When the Panthers line-up on defense in this week 1 NFL picks contest, they will be missing their former franchise player in defensive end Julius Peppers, who accounted for a third of the team’s sacks in 2009. The team may also be without their right defensive end Tyler Brayton, who is questionable for today's week 1 NFL picks game. Without much of a pass rush, Giants QB Eli Manning could sit in the pocket and that could spell trouble for a Panthers’ secondary that is without many playmakers. Manning loves to look for his Steve Smith, who caught more than 100 ballsduring the 2009 NFL picks season, as well as young receivers Mario Manningham and Hakeem Nicks. Manning could have a big day against this group. The linebackers, though, are the heart and soul of this team. Jon Beason had 142 tackles in 2009 and Dan Connor is a rising star in the middle. Each will be counted on to make tackles, probably many in the open field, against Stewart and Williams.

If the Panthers can get their running backs moving and Moore can avoid the big mistake in today's week 1 NFL predictions contest, the Panthers will have a good chance of keeping the Giants’ offense off the field and cover the NFL point spreads, if not outright, win this week 1 NFL picks battle.

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