It has been quite the tumultuous week for enigmatic Cam Newton. After dethroning Tom Brady and beating the Patriots in Week 4, the star QB popped off and made some pretty inappropriate comments toward a female reporter. That has certainly been the quite the distraction for both him and his teammates as the Panthers prepare for a pivotal all-NFC showdown in the Motor City against the Detroit Lions. It’ll be a big-time battle between a pair of impressive looking 3-1 squads in Detroit, and as always – we’ve got your betting needs covered. Read on below the odds for full analysis and a winning prediction for Lions/Panthers.
Panthers vs. Lions Betting Odds:
Carolina Panthers +2.5 (-110)
@ Detroit Lions -2.5 (-110)
Over 42 (-110)
Under 42 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Panthers vs. Lions Pick:
Heading into last week’s match-up against New England, Cam Newton looked done. He looked like he had a full-body injury as everything was lacking. Though he did play pretty well against the Pats – it’s not as if the New England defense has been anything special this year. He’ll be back to facing stiff tests this week in Detroit. Point is, last week was definitely a mirage. Carolina still possesses major blocking issues, and there’s no chance of them being able to stop Ezekiel Ansah and Anthony Zettel. That duo should dominate on Sunday and create all kinds of issues for Newton – especially with Ryan Kalil being ruled out for this one.
Downfield, don’t expect Cam to find any options either. The Lions can lock it down with the best of them. Jarrad Davis is expected to be back and he’ll be sure to help bottle up the electric Christian McCaffrey. Meanwhile, Darius Slay is a lockdown corner, and should all but take away Kelvin Benjamin from the passing game. Moving the chains will be difficult once again for Carolina on Sunday.
For the Lions, even though they have some offensive line issues with blocking – Stafford excels at finding time and space in the pocket. And unlike Detroit’s secondary, Carolina’s can and will be exposed. The Panthers have woeful corners, and going against Stafford and that high-octane aerial attack won’t be easy. Both Eric Ebron and Golden Tate both should be in for big games.
I am a tad surprised this spread is so low – basically suggesting these teams are even on a neutral field. I haven’t seen that at all in 2017, and I think too many are buying into last week’s Panthers outburst as the Panthers you’ll see on a weekly basis. That won’t be the case, and look for the Lions’ defense to send Newton back to reality on Sunday.
PICK = Lions -2.5 (-110)