Few likely expected a Week 11 bout between the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers to be divisive. However, the Pats have looked, at times, ordinary as they muddled their way through injuries, while the Panthers have gone on a five-game win streak including a 10-9 win over the San Francisco 49ers last week. As a result, opinions are split on who will win between the 7-2 Patriots and 6-3 Panthers in Carolina.
The panel of experts at SB Nation and CBS Sports favor the Panthers. Only Joel Thorman picked the Patriots to win straight-up at SB Nation, and at CBS six of nine panel members are on Carolina's side. ESPN and Yahoo! disagree, slightly. The Patriots were selected eight times across ESPN's 14-member panel, and twice across Yahoo!'s three prognosticators.
In case you're keeping score, that's 18 picks for Carolina and 14 picks for New England. The distribution of picks parallels neatly with the 1-point spread in favor of the Panthers, according to Odds Shark.