The Carolina Panthers are 2-1 on the season but are coming off a 34-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints. This should raise some red flags around the Patriots since they really could have lost last week. - Dont'a Hightower. His 12-yard sack of Cam Newton led to the Panthers first punt of the game. The New England Patriots are 1st in yards gained on offense and 32nd in yards allowed on defense. Panthers first-round draft pick Christian McCaffrey had a breakout game against New Orleans with 101 yards receiving, so he has a chance again for big plays underneath against a defense that is giving up 330.7 passing yards per game.
Offensively, the Patriots will have plenty of options.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The Carolina Panthers' defense made a statement during the first two weeks of the season when it held the San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills to a combined six points in back-to-back victories.
"Our team in Carolina right now is basically predicated on how he plays", Delhomme said.
The Patriots are favored by 9.5 and if they can do the above three things and also protect Brady (the offensive line has been less than stellar so far this season) they will move to 3-1 when the clock hits zeroes on Sunday. The rookie leads Carolina with 18 receptions for 173 yards.
"The reason I play football is because I love the game, I love the sport, I love the friendships and everything that comes with it", Watson said.
The two teams enter the game with 2-1 records. This has the potential to be a double-digit victory for the home team.
"It came down to a controversial play on the last play of the game".
After Gostkowski gave the Patriots a 13-10 lead with a 35-yard field goal.
Tom Brady turned 40, and things have collapsed in New England. And the Patriots' shaky offensive line could be tested by a solid Carolina pass rush that has produced eight sacks, thanks in part to another ageless wonder in Julius Peppers (2.5 sacks). Tom Brady on the road, Matt Stafford on the road and then back home in Charlotte against Carson Wentz. After losing his favorite target in Greg Olsen to the IR, it will be tougher for Cam to make some serious damage. As for those not ready to kick back in your living room, check out NFL Sunday Ticket MAX, NFL Game Pass, Fubo, Verizon NFL Mobile, Xbox One in terms of catching this contest online.
The Panthers and Patriots have played just twice since Carolina joined the league in 1994 and one of those match ups was Super Bowl 38.
Funchess would have been an even better selection here if Benjamin was injured and he became the top option.
Newton couldn't get the Carolina offense to the end zone in the Panthers' previous game, but they won anyway. I think the Patriots win and I'm not even certain it's going to be that close.
Carolina coach Ron Rivera has said Newton is still "knocking the rust off" after playing only one series in the preseason. He did not return to the game.