Patriots at Panthers: odds, predictions and preview

Jan 20, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots fans Chuck Sweetman sets up his tailgate before thethe AFC championship game against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Panthers are flying high after their Week 10 victory against the reigning NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers.

Few pundits gave the Panthers much of a chance flying across country against the defensive minded Niners, but Cam Newton and company were able to pull out a clutch victory, their fifth straight victory.

They’ll face another tough test when they take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Foxboro on Monday night.

New England is coming off two straight victories and three of four, so the battle of two streaking teams is expected to be one of the premier Week 11 matchups.

For Carolina, not only have they been winning games but they’ve been doing so in dominant fashion. In the past five weeks, Carolina has given up just 58 points. Granted, outside of San Francisco they haven’t played any teams considered to have more than an adequate offense (at best), but regardless, that’s impressive. New England on the other hand has been beating teams with their high powered offense, one that looked like a well oiled machine with the return of Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola in Week 9 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, in which the Patriots put up 55 points – the most ever given up in a regular season game by the Steelers.

It should be interesting to see if Carolina can slow down New England’s explosive offense, as the Patriots had an extra week to prepare thanks to their Week 10 bye.

Date: November 18
Start Time: 8:40 p.m. ET
Location: Charlotte, NC
Stadium: Bank of America Stadium
TV Info: ESPN
Line: Carolina -2.5
Over/Under: 46.5

Prediction:

Carolina – 17

New England – 28

Topics: Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots

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  • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

    ……Pats will be playing this game on the road…..

  • Perry Woods

    I think your prediction comes under the heading of Wishful thinking. In the first place,t the game is being played in Charlotte, not in Foxboro. Your score prediction appears to be about as spot on as your geography. In the last three games, three Panthers Opponents combined (that includes San Fran) have only scored 32 points total against the Panthers defense. On the other hand, I don’t believe the Panthers have ever beatenn Bilichick since he’s been with the Patriots ( they have met 6 or 7 times, including pre season contests). The law of averages is going to catch up with Bilichick and Brady sooner or later.

    • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

      untimely turnovers will most likely determine the outcome of this game…..should be another hard fought game for both teams….just don’t give Brady a chance to win it late in the fourth quarter.

  • ahrcshaw

    Not only are you playing the game in the wrong state, the wrong stadium, you have made a bigger mistake picking the Pats to win. I hope you write a followup article to this one after the Panthers destroy your Pats. Panthers 24 Pats 10 and Brady has to leave the game because he does not like being touched. Go Panthers and pound those NE Pats on Monday night in BOA Stadium, in Charlotte, NC. the home of the Beasts.

  • Perry Woods

    While turnovers may indeed play a part, personally I think the game will hinge on who is the hungriest, who wants this game the most. Under John Fox, when the Panthers got the good ink, the players seemed to believe it, they let up and usually lost. There is always the chance of post big game letdown after a big game like Last weeks tangle with San Francisco but, I wouldn’t think that would be a factor against one of the best teams in the league. I’d worry about that the week after the Panthers play New England, when they face Miami. As I pointed out, I don’t believe the Panthers have beaten the Patriots once during the Bilicheck era. The Panthers did come close at the Superbowl a few years ago. All I know is, these are two very fine football teams who will undoubtedly show everyone what old fashioned smash mouth football looks like. It should be a great game and I for one, can’t wait to see it..

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