December 16 2017

New England Patriots vs Carolina Panthers staff predictions

December 16 2017, 04:52 | Van Peters

Film Room Cam Newton's struggles lead to three picks

Film Room Cam Newton's struggles lead to three picks

Carolina's injuries are piling up and remain a serious concern for the team right now, so back the Pats to win big and cover at online sports betting sites. New England, by comparison, has scored 12 touchdowns. Brady is still the NFL's all-time winningest quarterback with 210 wins, but his Patriots have 185 wins with him as the starter, one behind Favre and Manning. During those two weeks, Newton was sacked ten times and has had very little semblance of an offense to show for it.

The Panthers want to beat the defending Super Bowl champs at home in Foxborough.

Carolina entered the game averaging 14 points and Newton was averaging 188.7 passing yards.

The Patriots pass defense was atrocious in the first half, allowing Cam Newton to pass from 189 yards and two touchdowns - both to wide-open receivers. Seymour only played seven defensive snaps against Brady last season as a rookie with the Bills.

Just a couple seasons removed from being the NFL's MVP, Cam Newton is hitting on 61.4% of his passes. "It is tough, especially with a scrambling quarterback and one of the best in Cam", he said. 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). "They've got a great defense". And what we thought was the strength of the team - their defense - just fell apart against Drew Brees.

The score was the 50th rushing touchdown of Newton's career, making him the first quarterback to ever accomplish the feat, and the Panthers won in New England 33-30. Carolina's lackluster secondary was put on full display last week, and it is a no-brainer that Brady will look to do the same.

KEYS TO THE GAME: There was much hand-wringing in New England after the Kansas City Chiefs went into Gillette Stadium and dominated the Patriots in a 42-27 win on opening night.

A favorable matchup does not guarantee a good fantasy week for the Panthers QB. "So you know what I do is I stay back long enough till i know for sure he's past because if I drop my coverage and he throws it over me, that's on me".

The receiver looked to have suffered a second major injury to his left knee when his leg buckled underneath him following a tackle. They are efficient at getting to the red zone, ranking second in the National Football League in time of possession with 34:01 per game. As an offensive line that's already struggling, they can not afford to have their best player missing.

Don't believe the talk that people don't see Cam Newton as the threat he was just a few seasons ago. Without the second-year cornerback, newcomer Kevon Seymour is expected to start in his place, despite only playing one defensive snap this season.

Patriots guard Joe Thuney played collegiately for North Carolina State.

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