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Kansas City Chiefs at Carolina Panthers Free Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/17/14

Carolina Panthers (0-1) Vs. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)

NFL Football: Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Bank of America Stadium)

The Line: Carolina Panthers -3 -- Over/Under: 40 See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX HD

The Kansas City Chiefs will be heading to Carolina on Sunday to face off against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.

The Carolina Panthers are sitting at 0-1 this preseason, after falling ot the Bills in their opener, 20-18.  The Panthers didn’t have Cam Newton take the field against the Bills, as Newton is still recovering from injuries, and why risk it at this stage of things.  The Panthers got a long look from Joe Webb on the night, as Webb completed 16/28 for 180 yards and a score and a pick.  Derek Anderson also saw plenty of action for the Panthers, and looked solid as well.  Newton obviously has the number one spot locked up, but it could be interesting this preseason watching the battle between Anderson and Webb.  Perhaps the highlight of the game was made by rookie wide out Kelvin Benjamin, as Benjamin made a very nice grab for a 29 yard score in the second quarter from Anderson.  Reports are that Cam Newton is expected to play one quarter against the Chiefs on Sunday night, and with the solid performances last week from Anderson and Webb, the Panthers may once again have solid play under center.

Kansas City Chiefs at Carolina Panthers Free Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/17/14

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The Kansas City Chiefs looked impressive in their first preseason outing this year, defeating the Bengals 41-39.  Well, I should say the Chiefs offense looked impressive against the Bengals.  Alex Smith completed 3/5 for 19 yards on the day, but the story for K.C. was Chase Daniel.  Daniel looked solid for the Chiefs, completing 8/10 for 126 yards and a score against the Bengals defense.  It’s no secret that the Chiefs offense runs through Jamaal Charles, and Charles saw some action against Cincy, carrying the ball three times, while also hauling in two receptions on the night.  Charles is once again expected to be “the guy” in Kansas City, and while I’m sure Reid wants to get him work in the preseason, don’t expect too much out of him here, as the Chiefs already know full well what he can do.  The Chiefs gave up over 375 yards, and a ton of points to the Bengals, and while it’s still way too early to be concerned about the Chiefs defense, it does bode well for the Panthers have some success as well here on Sunday night against the K.C. reserves.

I would love it if this line dropped half a point or so for me, but even as it stands right now, I’ll take the Panthers in this spot.  Carolina will have Newton under center, and look for the Panthers to work on developing some chemistry between Newton and some of their receivers here.

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Carolina Panthers -3

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