Buffalo Bills vs. Carolina Panthers, 9-17-2017 - Expert Prediction
Written by: Brian Spaen
Buffalo Bills (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS)
vs Carolina Panthers (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS)
When: Sunday, Sep 17th, 1:00 PM ET
Line: CAR -7
TV/Live Stream: CBS
Carolina will host Buffalo in their season opener at Bank of America Stadium this Sunday afternoon. It’ll be a surprisingly good matchup of 1-0 teams as the Bills sit as the lone team in the AFC East with a win. The Panthers are coming off of a dominant victory in San Francisco. Buffalo won the last meeting against Carolina, 24-23, back in 2013.
Bills predictably pick apart Jets in opener
Buffalo was able to take first place in the AFC East thanks to New England losing and Miami having their game postponed into well later in the season. They took down the Jets in a 21-12 affair that was sealed early on in the fourth quarter. The Bills recorded 23 first downs and over 400 yards of offense while the opponents were held to just 214 yards. New York was limited to just 38 yards on the ground.
Quarterback Tyrod Taylor completed 16-of-28 passes for 224 yards, 2 touchdowns, and an interception. LeSean McCoy was the player of the game leading the running attack with 110 yards on 22 carries. He was also the most reliable receiver; he grabbed five of his six targets for 49 yards. Charles Clay missed five targets, but was still able to catch four balls for 53 yards and had a touchdown. Andre Holmes had a one-yard catch that ended up being the other touchdown from Taylor.
Newton finds rhythm late, still blow out 49ers
Many expect Carolina to make a return to the top this season, and they started off on the right foot with a dominant 23-3 victory over San Francisco. It could have been an even bigger blowout, but Cam Newton certainly was shaky in the first half of the game even though the team jumped to a 13-0 lead at the break. He ended up completing 14-of-25 passes for 171 yards, had two touchdown passes, and a pick. Russell Shepard led the team with 53 yards on two catches and had a touchdown. He started the scoring with a 40-yard TD catch late int he first quarter.
Newton didn’t do a lot of running himself, but that allowed the tandem of Jonathan Stewart and newcomer Christian McCaffrey to do their work. They combined for 112 yards on 31 carries and were very impressive despite not making their way in the end zone. The only blemish was McCaffrey’s lost fumble On defense, Thomas Davis was incredibly impressive with seven tackles — all solo — and recorded a sack. The defense was able to get Niners QB Brian Hoyer on the ground four times and picked him off once for good measure.
- 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall
- 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games on grass
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in Week 2
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games on grass
Is Buffalo for real this season? That’s a hard question to answer after just one week, and against a team that’s blatantly trying to tank this season. Expect Carolina to open with a big victory at home.
Pick: CAR -7.5
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