The Buffalo Bills will be without starting quarterback Trent Edwards in this game who will sit out after suffering his second concussion in a year. Backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the rest of the Bills offensive line will have the daunting task of trying to keep pro bowler Julius Peppers in check. The Bills young offensive line ranks 29th in the NFL in sacks allowed. The Bills got a confidence boaster last week beating the New York Jets 16-13 in OT but it came at a cost as Edwards left the game in the second quarter sustaining a concussion on a sack. Although Carolina’s rushing attack is dominating, their passing troubles continue to mount. Star receiver Steve Smith was held to just one catch for four yards last week and quarterback Jake Delhomme has ten interceptions and four touchdowns on the season. The teams last met in 2005 with Carolina taking a low-scoring affair 13-9. Listed below are the betting lines, trends, and predictions.
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Bills vs Panthers Betting Line:
Buffalo Bills +7 (-110)
vs. Carolina Panthers -7 (-110)
Over 37 (-105)
Under 37 (-115)
Betting lines taken from www.Bodog.com
Bills vs Panthers Betting Trends:
Bills are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games
Panthers are 4-1 ATS vs a team with a losing record
Over is 5-1 in Bills last 6 road games
Bills vs Panthers Predictions:
Spread Prediction – Ryan Fitzpatick was inconsistent taking over for Trent Edwards last week but he had a critical 37-yard TD to Lee Evans late in the third quarter to tie the game. As sad as it sounds, that was Evan’s longest reception of the 2009 season. Fitzpatrick is a leader and can make all the throws. I think the Bills offense will be alright in this one and should put up points. The problem is the Bills defense. They are struggling terribly against the run allowing 318 yards rushing against the Jets last week and 961 yards in their last four games. The duo of Johnathan Steward and DeAngelo Williams at running back for Carolina will be too much for the Bills defense to handle. Panthers take this one 28-20. Bet on the PANTHERS TO COVER the 7 point spread at Bodog.com.
Over/Under Prediction – Both offenses will put up points in this one, take the OVER. Fitzpatick will rejuvenate this offense and bring Evans and Terrel Owens back into the picture. The Bills will have no answer for the Panthers running attack. Lay it down on the OVER 37 total points in this Bills vs Panthers game at Bodog.com.