A pair of 1-0 teams will square off early on the Sunday slate in Carolina. The Buffalo Bills will head south to do battle with Cam Newton and his Carolina Panthers.
Carolina is actively seeking redemption this season, and after a stellar showing in Week 1, they’ll be looking to continue that momentum this week against the Bills. Carolina routed the 49ers, impressing on defense, while Cam Newton is slowly showing signs of rebounding from his poor 2016.
For the Bills, they’re also coming off a big home win – albeit to the lowly Jets. Not much is expected out of Buffalo this year, but they are currently in sole possession of first place in the AFC East! First time in a while that has happened. Though many have alluded to their ‘rebuilding’ they remain a team with talent and a squad that can cause damage. Their defense remains a solid unit and it will be interesting watching that group go head-to-head with Newton on Sunday.
Read on below for a full game breakdown, analysis, and a betting pick for the Bills/Panthers. It should be a good one!
Bills vs. Panthers Betting Odds:
Buffalo Bills +7 (-115)
@ Carolina Panthers -7 (-105)
Over 43 (-110)
Under 43 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Bills vs. Panthers Pick:
Even though Cam Newton got the win last week – he still isn’t to the level fans and pundits would expect. As many know, Newton did very little in the pre-season and you have to wonder if there is any sort of lingering injury issue as a result. Against the Niners, Newton displayed some woeful accuracy, and even though San Francisco couldn’t take advantage – this week he won’t be as lucky.
The Bills are an underrated group defensively – they do a ton of things that can and will likely pose great problems for Carolina. They have a strong front seven and should be able to bowl over the Panthers’ offensive line while protecting Newton. The quartet of Shaq Lawson, Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams, and Jerry Hughes will all have match-up advantages and should be able to wreak havoc in Carolina’s backfield. Newton is elusive, but he won’t be able to run all game.
On offense, the Bills aren’t the greatest – but they do have a big-time playmaker in LeSean McCoy. McCoy dominated the Jets, and while going against Carolina will be an entirely different tale – he still has the talent as both a runner and pass-catcher to change the game. Against Carolina, it is more likely that their secondary can be exposed. Kurt Coleman has struggled badly and Captain Munnerlyn’s move from Minnesota has not been a positive one. Even though Buffalo doesn’t have the greatest receiving corps – moving the chains through the air won’t be difficult on Sunday.
This spread is just too high for a Carolina team that has so clearly struggled on offense lately. The Bills’ defense will be ready for the challenge and expect them to give their offense good field position and opportunity. While an outright road victory will be in sight, I can definitely see the Bills comfortably covering the full touchdown on Sunday afternoon.
PICK = Bills +7 (-115)