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Jets vs. Panthers 2013 odds: Carolina laying major points

Cam Newton and co. are expected to make the playoffs and can take a big step towards that goal with a win over the Jets.

On Sunday afternoon, the Carolina Panthers will play host to the New York Jets at Bank of America Field.

Going into the contest the Panthers are favored by 12.5 points at home, according to

Carolina sits at 9-4 and currently owns the No. 5 seed in the NFC playoff picture. Should the Panthers win two of their final three games, it would take the Arizona Cardinals winning all of their remaining games to keep Carolina out of the postseason. To win the NFC South, the Panthers would likely need to run the table.

New York is in a much more dire situation. The Jets kept their season alive last week, beating the Oakland Raiders. At 6-7, New York is a long-shot to earn a wild card berth but need to win out in order to have any chance.

This appears on paper to be a tough matchup for the Jets. Carolina's defense ranks first in the NFL in scoring while New York's offense comes in 31st in points.

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