It's no surprise that, in a matchup of two teams with a combined four wins, oddsmakers are essentially declaring Sunday's game between Carolina and Kansas City a toss-up. But they've given a three-point edge to the Panthers, who boast three wins compared to the Chiefs' sole victory.
The game should prove to be a clash between a stoppable force and a moveable object. Both teams feature anemic offenses—Carolina's averaging just 20 points per game, and Kansas City's even worse at 14—and both have defenses that can't stop anyone. Consequently, the over/under for the game is just 41. Carolina's managed a good record against the spread on the road, going 4-1. The Chiefs are just 2-4 against the spread at home. The Panthers have also won two straight against Kansas City, last beating the Chiefs in 2008, 34-0.
Neither team has been able to maintain consistent success, though the Chiefs are close to redefining franchise futility with a 10-game losing streak. An 11th loss on Sunday would tie them for the worst skid in team history. Carolina, meanwhile, is coming off a win over another uninspiring team, the Philadelphia Eagles. In that game, Cam Newton threw for 306 yards and two scores, and added two more touchdowns on the ground. He's largely turned around what started as a miserable season.
Kickoff will be at 1 p.m. ET in Kansas City.