Cam Newton pleads with fans for patience as the Panthers head to New England for an NFL online betting fracas with the Patriots. “Be patient and know that big things are ahead for us. This year’s Panthers team has big things to do,” Newton said via the team’s official website. but Around the NFL writer Kevin Patra says “This is the perfect time to panic. Cam seems lost. Greg Olsen is gone. Kelvin Benjamin got hurt again. The offensive line struggles to block … nothing is working and they head to New England next week to face Tom Brady.”
- Date: Sunday, 1st October
- Time: 9:35 AM
- Venue: Gillette Stadium
- Sportsbook Odds for Fans Who Bet NFL Games:
Panthers +8 (-110) 49 (-110)
Patriots -8 (-110) 49 (-110)
Said, Newton, take it slow, it’ll work itself out fine
“Moving forward, there is no need to panic,” Newton said. “There is no need to rush.” Perhaps there is no need to pass, either? The Panthers QB passed for just 167 yards on 12-of-26 passing against the New Orleans Saints, and threw three interceptions, which did his team no favors in the 34-13 Sunday loss. He’s a sharp-dressed man, though.
Thoughts on why the offense sputtered pic.twitter.com/fFFGZUgvx5
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) September 25, 2017
“I put the defense in some screwed up situations and, in order for us to win, that can’t happen,” he added. “Trying to make a play and force things. Trying to find a spark.” Well, you can’t, as the Boss said, start a fire without a spark. But the Panthers are, more than anything else, trying to put out a fire. The Pats, then again, aren’t setting the league on fire either, so Carolina’s vaunted defense, which was credited with their two previous wins, could at the very least remain within the eight-point NFL online betting spread. However, and unless Newton and the offense get their stuff together, they shouldn’t even dream of the straight-up win.
The Miracle Man of New England
The Patriots are actually in a similar jam as the Panthers – not to mention that they are both 2-1 – but with two key differences. Firstly, In the case of the Pats, it’s the defense, rather than the offense, that is, as the Boston Herald’s Ron Borges puts it, “ugly as sin.” And secondly, unlike Newton, Tom Brady is working miracles to save the Super Bowl champions from defeat. Case in point, Brady led the Pats, who were down by five points with 2:24 left, in a game-winning drive from their own 25-yard line, which culminated on a Brandon Cooks’s 25-yard touchdown with 23 seconds remaining, to hold the Texans off 36-33. And there was much rejoicing amongst the local fans, who had booed the team earlier in the fourth quarter, and who, rightfully so, cheered for Brady alone. “He’s the best football player that has ever played the game,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien told the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune and Boston Herald following the game. Feast your eyes on this:
The bad news is that the Pats’ defensive woes may continue to require superhuman feats from the 40-year-old Brady, since New Englands’ front seven, as Ben Volin of the Boston Globe points out, have girth but lack the speed to chase down an athletic QB such as Deshaun Watson, or, for that matter, Cam Newton. It could turn out to be a shootout, and the NFL online betting total has gone over in five of New England’s last six home (but under in four of Carolina’s last six road games).