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The Detriot Lions are set to host the Carolina Panthers for what should be some intriguing Week 11 action
Panther eyeing bounce performance
Through the first 10 weeks of the season, the Carolina Panthers have quietly been one of the top teams in the NFC behind their consistent play on both ends of the field. Despite the team suffering a disappointing 52-21 loss last Thursday night, the Panthers have been one of the most difficult matchups in the league with playmakers on both sides of the ball. It has been a two-headed horse that has led the offense with Pro Bowl quarterback Cam Newton leading the charge with his arm and legs this season. Newton has been putting together strong campaign as he has thrown for 2,086 yards with 17 touchdowns to five interceptions while ranking sixth in the league with his career-high 68.5 percent completion rate and holds a 101.2 passer rating. He has also rushed for 352 yards and four touchdowns through the first nine games played.
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— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) November 9, 2018
Meanwhile, second-year running back Christian McCaffrey has truly come into his own this season as an all-purpose running back as he’s currently 10th in the league with 579 rushing yards and four touchdowns while being equally as impactful as a receiver with 54 catches for 439 receiving yards and four touchdowns. These two have been the key cogs to helping the Panthers hold the ninth-highest scoring offense with 26.8 points per contest while being fifth in the league in rushing and being tied for third with 12 rushing touchdowns. Their effectiveness in the ground game along with Newton’s greater efficiency as a passer has made them a difficult matchup on a weekly basis. This should continue to remain the case against the Lions in what should be a bounce-back outing for Carolina.
Struggles mounting for Lions
Heading into the 2018 campaign, there was much hope that this could be the season that the Lions get back on track. Instead, the team has struggled with consistency on the field, especially over this currently three-game losing streak that has pushed them to a 3-6 record sitting three games out of the top spot in the NFC North standings. There has been a litany of issues that have plagued the Lions this season that has continued to build on the current skid with it primarily laying with their offensive prowess. Detriot ranks 20th with 22.4 points per game while being 19th in passing and 23rd in rushing through the first 10 weeks of the season. It has seen much of that criticism being tossed toward quarterback Matthew Stafford being unable to take the offense to the next level this season as he has been putting together a solid year statistically throwing for 2,385 passing yards with 16 touchdown passes and holds a 93.8 passer rating.
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) November 11, 2018
It hasn’t translated to the team experiencing more offensive success that has seen them post 24 or fewer points five this season. It has overshadowed the promising play of rookie running back Kerryon Johnson, who has 554 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns along with 30 catches for 203 receiving yards and a touchdown. This lack of firepower has put their defense in a tougher spot giving up 27.1 point per contest, which is the fifth-highest scoring allowed this season. They are also 19th against the pass and 28th against the run, which will be an aspect of their defense will be exploited by the run-heavy Panthers offense that could see a long game ahead for the Lions that will continue their skid south. Unless they figure it out offensively, this has the billing of their losing streak being extended.
- Lions are 3-10 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- Lions are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Lions are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games in November.
- Panthers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in November.
- Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.
- Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Although the Panthers are coming off a disappointing loss, their run-heavy offense led by Newton, who is putting up a highly efficient passing campaign should present plenty of problems for the Lions. This has the makings of being a bounce-back performance for Carolina on the road. Meanwhile, Detroit just has too many holes on both sides of the ball to be confident in them at this point.
Prediction: Carolina -4
Full-Game Total Pick
The Panthers should hold up more than their end of the bargain in this contest against a struggling Lions’ defense that has given up more than 30 points in three out of the last games played. Detriot should be able to put some points on the board behind the play of Stafford and Johnson leading the charge. The over is also 3-1-1 in the last five meetings between the teams.
Prediction: Over 49.5