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Carolina Panthers vs. Dallas Cowboys point spread, odds

 We are closing the Week 3 NFL point spread and betting odds preview with the Monday night football game Carolina Panthers vs. Dallas Cowboys. After a predominantly successful Sunday for the football bettors, the Monday night football matchup between the Carolina Panthers (0-2) and their visit to the Dallas Cowboys (1-1) would give many the chance to make a good Week3 even better. These two NFL franchises have not met since late 2007, when the Cowboys went to North Carolina to take home a 20-13 victory, but much more is riding on the game today. The Panthers had high expectations for this season, but two loses in the first two games are bound to put pressure on Carolina to deliver against the Cowboys. Dallas meanwhile opened this football season with a W, but was stopped by the Giants last week 33-31 at home and even more is riding on the home game tonight for the Cowboys.

 Looking at the spreads and odds posted by two of the most popular online sportsbooks, the Cowboys should have a walk in the park tonight at Cowboys Stadium. Starting with the spread and odds at the sports betting website Bookmaker, we find the Cowboys big favorite to deliver against the Panthers - Dallas is -375 odds-on favorite to win tonight, while the Panthers will pay out large on +315 if they are able to break the losing streak on Monday. At Bookmaker the Carolina Panthers vs. Dallas Cowboys point spread is currently at -8.5 points chalk the 'Boys and the total expected by the odds makers there is set at 48 points. The spread and lines at another great sportsbook, Bodog Sports, are even more generous towards the Cowboys, who are -380 favorite and the point spread is set at -9 points there chalk Dallas. The betting trends on the Panthers and Cowboys before the Monday night football game show that Carolina is 1-4 against the spread in its last 5 games, but Dallas is 4-2 against the spread in its last 6 games at home. Also keep in mind that the total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas' last 5 games when playing the Carolina Panthers.

 Injuries will plague both teams tonight and will definitely affect the Monday night football game. For the Cowboys cornerback Michael Hamlin and linebacker Jason Williams are out of Week 3 with injuries. Meanwhile running back Marion Barber remains questionable with thigh injury, but quarterback Stephen McGee was upgraded to probable to back up QB Tony Romo if need arise. The Panthers are in much worse shape going to Dallas tonight. Linebacker Na'il Diggs is out of Week 3 football, while defensive end Everette Brown and safety Chris Harris remain doubtful for the game against the Cowboys tonight. That said, a long, long list of Carolina Panthers were upgraded to just probable, among which we find running backs Mike Goodson and Jonathan Stewart, wide receivers Muhsin Muhammad and Steve Smith and a whole bunch of defensive players. Which of those players will start on Monday remains John Fox' decision and that of the medical staff.

 Published on 09/28/2009

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