This Sunday, the undefeated Carolina Panthers 2-0 (first NFC South) take on the Pittsburgh Steelers 1-1 (second AFC North). Carolina are favorites at -3 (-120) with Ov/Un 42 and ML -170 with the being played at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina at 8:30 PM ET on NBC TV.
In the first game Panthers QB Newton will sat out their opener with a rib injury against Tampa Bay that they won 20-14, then last week he was 22 of 34 for 281 yards and 1 TD in win over Detroit. That is the first time the Panthers have opened the season with 3 wins since back in 2003 which was the year they made their first and only Super Bowl game.
The Panthers All-Pro DE Hardy is having problems and last week he was deactivated for the game as he was convicted of assault on a female. Last week they did not miss Hardy as the defensive unit forced three turnovers and had seven sacks in the game.
Carolina Panthers QB Newton has completed 22 of 34 passes for 281 yards and a TD, while RB Williams has 14 carries for 72 yards and receiver Olsen has 14 receptions for 155 yards and scored 1 TD. The Panthers in their last 14 regular season games they have won 13, and eight consecutive wins at home beating opponents by at least 16.6 points.
The Pittsburgh Steelers in their first two season games have given up 172 yards offense, but outscored 50-9 opponents in the team’s last six quarters of play. They also for the two games have 20 penalties and were penalized 171 yards thus far in the season. So far the Steelers are one of three teams that have not forced any turnovers this season, and Carolina is one of the few teams that have not had a turnover this season.
Steelers QB Roethlisberger in the first 2 games is 45 of 71 for 582 yards and 1 TD, while RB Bell has 32 carries for 168 yards scoring 1 TD and receiver Brown has 12 receptions for 206 yards, and scored 1 TD. Pittsburgh last played the Panthers back in 2010 and overall they have played 5 times with the Steelers winning the last 4 games by over 21 points per game.
The second NFL 2014 Wk# 4 Game we will review is the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals 2-0 (first AFC North) playing the Tennessee Titans 1-1 (second AFC South) as the Bengals are favorites at -7 (-105) with Ov/Un 43 and ML -285 with the game being played at the Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio this Sunday Sept.2first at 1 PM ET and on CBS TV.
As this 2014 NFL season is moving forward, the Bengals may be one of the most complete teams this year starting with 2 wins, a first since back in 2006. So far QB Dalton has not thrown an interception nor been sacked. The 2-0 Bengals are the AFC’s first ranked offense, averaging some 426 yards each game while QB Dalton has passed for 553 yards a 2 touchdowns and leads the NFL in yards gained per attempt. Last Sunday the Bengals topped the Falcons 24-10 in their season first home game and in their first game of the season they beat the Raven 23-16.
For the first 2 season games Bengals QB Dalton has completed 40 of 60 passes for 553 total yards and 2 touchdowns, while RB Bernard had 41 carries for 138 yards and 1 TD, and receiver has had 11 receptions without scoring. The last time these two teams played was back in 2011 when the Bengals beat the Titans 24-17 and Dalton passed for 3 touchdowns to 3 different receivers.
The Titans QB Locker finished their last Sunday’s game in their 26-10 loss to the Cowboys as he completed 18 of 34 passes for 234 yards with one TD and was intercepted twice. Locker has been sacked 6 times already this season, but his coach Whisenhunt is not concerned.
Titans QB Locker in the first 2 games has completed 40 of his 67 attempts for 500 yards and 3 touchdowns while RB Green has 20 carries for 111 yards and receiver Walker has 13 receptions scoring 2 touchdowns. The Titans thus far have the NFL’s first ranked pass defense that has only allowed 163 yards per game via air and have three interceptions to date. Their defense is hoping injured CB McCourty will be able to play Sunday. A recent addition to the LB’s as the Titans add veteran LB Anderson, who started all 16 games in 2013 for the Chicago Bears to the team roster to replace a position vacated by the season ending injury to LB Zach Brown in the opening game.