Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers have a bright future, and after a win a week ago against the Washington Redskins, Panther fans hope that time is now. If the Panthers want to start a winning streak, they will have to beat the Minnesota Vikings in week eight.

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The Week eight NFL odds opened up with the Panthers listed as a four point favorite. With the popularity of Cam Newton and the convincing win a week ago, the early sports betting money came in on the Panthers. Although 71% of the money is on the Panthers, the line has dropped and is now at 3 at many of the top rated sportsbooks. This is an indication that wise guy money is on the road team in this contest.

The Vikings also have an impressive rookie quarterback in Christian Ponder. In his firsts tart against the Green Bay Packers, he kept the Vikings competitive and that is more than this team has done for most of the season. Ponder is mobile and has a big arm and if he can establish the passing game, it will open up the ground game.

The Panthers run defense has been torched all season, so expect a big day on the ground from All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson will allow the Vikings to eat up some clock and keep the ball away from Newton and the explosive Panthers offense.

The Panthers are 1-4 against the spread (ATS) in their last 5 games in Week 8 and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game. The Vikings are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 30 points in their previous game, so expect a rebound game from the defense.

Jared Allen and the Vikings defense will harass newton, and Adrian Peterson will take care of business on offense. The Panthers are false favorites in this game and the value is by taking the points and the Vikings.

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