New England Patriots vs Carolina Panthers News & Picks
New England Patriots vs Carolina Panthers Odds
|New England Patriots||-3½ -110||41 -110o||-190|
|Carolina Panthers||+3½ -110||41 -110u||+165|
**Odds as of 11/01**
The New England Patriots will head to Charlotte to take on the Panthers for a Week 9 matchup at Bank of America Stadium. Both teams come into this matchup with a 4-4 record, with the Patriots coming off a huge 27-24 win against the Los Angeles Chargers 27-24 while Carolina also got a road W against the Atlanta Falcons 19-13. Early NFL odds opened with the Patriots at -3½, with the point total at 41.
The Patriots’ defense put together a phenomenal performance against the Chargers. Safety Adrian Phillips came up with a massive pick-six in the fourth quarter to put them up by a score. But the Patriots still have work to do against the run. The unit is giving up 112.8 yards per game on the ground, including allowing Justin Jackson to rip off a 75-yard touchdown run.
Despite the win last week, rookie Mac Jones struggled and completed 51 percent of his throws for 217 yards. The running game is proving to be a centerpiece for the offense, with Damien Harris barreling his way to his fifth touchdown in his last four games. The rushing attack has garnered over 100 rushing yards in the last four games.
After going without a win for over a month, the Panthers finally got back in the win column against the Falcons. The offense got back to pounding the rock and recorded 203 yards on the ground. In doing so, Sam Darnold was able to settle down and not make any ill-advised turnover before he was forced from the game with a possible concussion.
The defense was back to being the strong and relentless unit seen in the first three games of the season. The defense clamped down with the return of Shaq Thompson and season debut of cornerback Stephon Gilmore. The Panthers held Atlanta to 3 of 10 on third-down conversions. Trade acquisition Gilmore came up huge with two minutes remaining in the game, picking off Matt Ryan to seal the win.
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