In a news release sent out Wednesday, the American Gaming Association said that $4.2 billion will be bet on Super Bowl 50, with 97 percent of that money $4.1 billion wagered illegally.

oops,...okay then,...In a news release sent out recently, the American Gaming Association said that $4.2 billion will be bet on Super Bowl 50, with 97 percent of that money $4.1 billion wagered illegally. And most of that $4 bil will be wagered on the Panthers, why not?

As long as a prominent Panther player doesn't pull a Eugene Robinson, Carolina should cover the spread easily. Now here's why,...

Ron Rivera should unleash his defense on a pedestrian QB early in the game to seal the deal quick. That's how the Panthers won lots of their 16 games by going up early then piling it on. In their lone loss the opposition matched scores early then pressured Newton. The Broncos have a serious defense coached by Wade Philips. The 3-4 defense, remember? Guess what? This season the Panthers offense faced 5 teams with a 3-4 D and averaged 28.4 points a game against those Ds.

It all comes down to one game and we all know unexplained things can happen during a contest. The Super Bowl magnifies every play, every turnover. The Broncos QB has been there but the Panthers youngego QB should handle the pressure well, as this is all fun to him.

There'll be a whole lotta bettin' goin' on out there next week! Keep an eye on how the spread changes if it do at all.