Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers - 9/14/14 NFL Pick and Odds
Detroit Lions (1-0) at Carolina Panthers (1-0)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Bank of America Stadium)
The Line: Carolina Panthers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 43.5 See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers will play Sunday afternoon at the Bank of America Stadium.
The Detroit Lions had an offensive explosion in their victory over the New York Giants, producing 417 yards and converting on 10 of 15 third down attempts. Quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 68.8 percent of his passes for 346 yards and two touchdowns, while Calvin Johnson had a monster game with 164 receiving yards and two touchdowns. We knew the Lions had great offensive potential but to see it take place so early in the season should be scary for the rest of the league. Defensively, the Detroit Lions allowed only 197 yards, produced two sacks and forced two turnovers. The New York Giants converted only three of 13 third down attempts. DeAndre Levy leads the Lions with 10 tackles and George Johnson has 1.5 sacks.
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The Carolina Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers without quarterback Cam Newton. Derek Anderson completed 70.6 percent of his passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns, proving that he still has something in the tank if needed. Newton is probable for this matchup with a rib injury. It didn’t take long for rookie Kelvin Benjamin to emerge as a playmaker, as he led the Panthers with 92 receiving yards and a touchdown. While the offense made enough plays to win, you’d still look to see Deangelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart produce more, as the Carolina backfield continues to underachieve. Defensively, the Carolina Panthers held the Bucs scoreless until the fourth quarter, forced three turnovers and allowed just 264 yards. Antoine Cason led the way with nine solo tackles and an interception, while Roman Harper also had a pick.
The Lions are 11-23 ATS in their last 34 vs. NFC and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Panthers are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Lions are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
I'm not sure the Lions can do what they did week 1 outside of the dome against a great defense in Carolina. I'm also confident that the Panthers offense will struggle a bit simply due to the lack of weapons and the fact there's a new quarterback in charge. I like the under, as I see both offenses struggling here.