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How the Carolina Panthers can win, cover the spread in Super Bowl 2016

The Carolina Panthers will be looking to cash in as the betting favorite when they hit the field in Super Bowl 50 at Santa Clara on Sunday.

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The Carolina Panthers are 15-0 straight up and 10-5 against the spread in their last 15 games as a betting favorite of less than a touchdown. The Panthers will try to keep that trend going with a win and cover in Super Bowl 50 over the Denver Broncos.

Carolina is a 5.5-point betting favorite this Sunday, according to sportsbooks monitored by This will be Carolina's 11th straight game as the betting favorite, with the Panthers going 9-1 SU and 7-3 ATS over the last 10.

It isn't often that you find a side that both the public and the sharps seem to like and that looks to be the case with the Panthers in the Super Bowl. After opening as a 3.5-point favorite, early action from sharp bettors and steady action from the public have moved the Panthers all the way up to a 5.5-point favorite in Super Bowl 50.

The Panthers had the best scoring offense in the NFL this season, averaging 31.3 points per game over the course of the year. That offense has already dismantled the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals this postseason, jumping out to huge early leads on two teams that finished in the top five in total defense this season.

Perhaps Denver's defense is the best Carolina has faced yet, but is it really going to be able to solve an offense that has scored 31 or more points in eight of its last nine games?

Denver backers will argue that defense wins championships, and historically, that's true. But Carolina's defense is nothing to sneeze at. The Panthers finished sixth in the NFL in total yards surrendered and points surrendered, and held one of the NFL's best offenses to just 15 points while forcing seven turnovers in their 49-15 win over Arizona.

The Broncos haven't faced an offense like this all season, especially in the postseason against Pittsburgh and New England teams that were each down to their third string running backs. Carolina has been the best team in the NFL this season with a 17-1 SU and 13-5 ATS record, and a win and cover in the Super Bowl would be a fitting end to this run.

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