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Carolina Panthers at New England Patriots Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/22/14

New England Patriots (1-1) Vs. Carolina Panthers (1-1)

NFL Football: Friday, August 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Gillette Stadium)

The Line: New England Patriots -5.5 -- Over/Under: 45 See the Latest Odds

TV: NFL HD

The Carolina Panthers head to Foxboro on Friday night to race off against Brady and the New England Patriots. 

The New England Patriots are sitting at 1-1 this preseason, as the Pats are coming off of a 42-35 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.  The Patriots fell behind quick after Brady threw a pick six in the first quarter, on a play that wasn’t his fault.  The Tight End didn’t turn for the ball quickly enough.  Belichick isn’t one to take things like this lightly, so this definitely doesn’t bode well for him making the team.  Other than that one mishap however, the Pats looked good against the Eagles.  Brady threw the ball well and showed some good chemistry with his receivers, while the rookie Garoppolo looked solid for the Pats as well.  As far as the running game for the Pats goes, it should surprise no one that the Patriots are going to be utilizing a running back by committee again this season.  Ridley should see the majority of the carries for the Pats, as long as he can keep healthy, and keep the ball off the ground. 

Carolina Panthers at New England Patriots Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/22/14

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The Carolina Panthers head to Foxboro on Friday, having Cam Newton under center for the second time this preseason.  Like the Patriots, the Panthers are 1-1 this preseason, following a win against the Chiefs in Carolina this past weekend.  This was the first game for Cam Newton since last season’s loss to the Niners in the playoffs, and Newton showed some rust.  This is to be expected however, and against the Pats on Friday, look for Cam to get more playing time and try to work out some of the kinks.  There are some bright spots for the Panthers offense however.  Kelvin Benjamin is looking like someone who can play.  He is going to need to step up this season as the Panthers don’t have any great targets for Cam, and once again look for Carolina to rely on their defense and ground game to grind out wins.  The ground game should be solid once again with Williams and Stewart sharing time in the backfield behind Cam Newton.

I’m taking the Panthers in this spot.  Carolina is a good team, and while the Panthers may not be as deep as the Patriots are, this being the third preseason game I think we can expect to see more of the number one’s for the Panthers.  Belichick will be conservative here as he could care less about the outcome, and I just can’t see giving up more than a field goal to Carolina here.

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