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Carolina Panthers vs. New England Patriots Odds, Analysis, NFL Betting Pick

Carolina Panthers vs. New England Patriots Odds, Analysis, NFL Betting Pick

The Panthers suffered their first loss of the season last Sunday and were unable to feast on a shoddy Saints defense. "They have been remarkably consistent - consistently good at doing so many things - and that's kind of where we are this year", said Patriots head coach Bill Belichick during his Wednesday press conference.

Will Carolina's Offense Show Up?

The Patriots made headlines this offseason with a bevy of trades to improve their Super Bowl roster, but none more noteworthy than the trade that landed Brandin Cooks in Foxboro. To do this, their offense has to wake up fast. Cam Newton tossed three interceptions, fumbled twice and threw for 167 yards against the worst passing defense in the league.

Trailing 10-3, Newton hit running back Fozzy Whittaker on the left with a screen pass from the 28.

The first-round pick from Stanford will score his first National Football League touchdown - and it won't be a cheapie.

Why? It's for mostly the same reason that Panthers fans are acting right now more like the team is 0-3. Surely, that's best for the quarterback's long-termm future, but in the present, it's really sucking the life out of an offense that was all Cam, all the time. Seven other Patriots, including wide receiver Danny Amendola (knee), were "limited".

It doesn't help that the Panthers are catching Brady in the midst of a historic stretch.

The first-round pick from Stanford is still looking for his first TD, but notched his first big play last week on a 37-yard wheel route against the Saints.

Now that the Patriots got their first home win of the year, it feels like they got the monkey off their back and this weekend has the feel of a "trap game". Christian McCaffery walked out of the game with a respectable nine catches for over 100 yards, but no one else on the team was able to produce. Drew Brees countered that with getting the ball out fast and getting great protection up front. The Panthers are 29-9-1 and have averaged 27.5 points when Newton has at least eight non-kneel-down rushes per game. With Julius Peppers status being questionable, they will be thin on the defensive line.

Munnerlyn, signed as a nickel back, lost playing time to a defense geared toward stopping the run. Quite obviously, Newton being on a list with Brady, Manning, Favre, Warner, Rodgers and, as of last season, Matt Ryan, is a major accomplishment.

Even before their physical dismantling of the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday, the Tennessee Titans had been cast as favorites in the AFC South, a title bestowed on them in part based upon their strong play last season, and in part because of the expectations of their developing roster. Carolina will also be without starting corner Daryl Worley on Sunday as he is out with a shoulder injury. He is also missing all of his top receiving threats from a season ago. When comparing the two team's offensive units, as well as the recent play by both teams, it is hard to imagine the Panthers walking out of Sunday victorious.