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Buffalo Bills at Carolina Panthers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 8/8/14

Buffalo Bills (6-10) at Carolina Panthers (12-4)

NFL Football: Friday, August 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Bank of America Stadium)

The Line: Carolina Panthers -1 -- Over/Under: 34.5 See the Latest Odds


The Carolina Panthers host the Buffalo Bills in preseason action on Friday night.

It was a mixed bag for Buffalo in the preseason opener where they fell to the Giants by a 17-13 count. EJ Manuel went 2-7 in a brief appearance with Thaddeus Lewis and Jeff Tuel combing for a 22-33/ 161 yard night with both throwing costly interceptions while Tuel threw for a short touchdown. The game was one of missed opportunities with a 1-3 effort in the red zone although in general for a first game in the preseason it's hard to be negative. The defense did allow a few big plays including a 73 yard TD pass which turned out to be the game winner.

Buffalo Bills at Carolina Panthers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 8/8/14


Carolina finally kicks off 2014 with their first preseason contest against visiting Buffalo. Although the casual fan associates the Panthers with quarterback Cam Newton the success of this 12-4 squad of a year ago was on the defensive side of the football. Newton will get a series before having a seat leaving Derek Anderson and Matt Blanchard to get the bulk of the action. The offense needs to improve in most areas so we'll see a little of everything although not much from the starters. As a Philly fan I see Jason Avant at the top of the depth chart at receiver and while he is a solid leader in the locker room he isn't that explosive, stretch the field player so I know Carolina needs help at that position.

I like a team that has already played a game and that means Buffalo who needs to cut back on the mistakes we saw in the HOF game. I think the Bills know Carolina will be trying to attack and will be better be prepared although this is still preseason and anybody's guess what will happen...

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