Cam Newton and Tom Brady lead the Panthers and Patriots in a preseason showdown in New England.
Two of the quarterback titles at the NFL will probably find their first action of the preseason Thursday night.
An astounding 20 of 22 starters rested in their preseason opener, then pumped quarterback Cam Newton, linebacker Luke Kuechly and running back Christian McCaffrey in front of an unhappy home crowd in week .
The next preseason game is usually considered a dress rehearsal for this period, so we see the Carolina stars, at least for a little while. Newton is still recovering so the team has been very careful in camp with his repetitions.
Even the Patriots, relying to direct them, have been every bit attentive. New England rested 17 starters in game two in the opener, 16. The two teams are utilized to shaking the rust off against every other. This will be the fifth season in the last six years the Pats and Cats have played each other.
While the Patriots extended their dynasty with another title, there are signs that New England might be coming back to the pack. Apparently, the age of Brady will be a factor. He’ll be without his favorite target–tight end Rob Gronkowski, that retired from the offseason.
New England dropped defensive end Trey Flowers and offensive tackle Trent Brown–second-year pro Isaiah Wynn will fill his spot. Aside from that, coach Brady’s reclamation magical upon or her Bill Belichick added a veteran wide receivers to perform his –Demaryius Thomas and Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
The Panthers began last year 6-2 before dropping seven straight. The numbers aren’t great, but there’s reason for urgency. Ahead of his bum shoulder hampered his play significantly newton appeared more precise than ever.
The group cut ties with several veterans, including linebacker Thomas Davis, end Julius Peppers, and center Ryan Kalil. The group appears to have its crime line that is reliable in a long time after adding Greg Little from the draft and registering centre Matt Paradis. The group is gambling that the step backward on D of last season was an aberration, given the competitive young players on this side of the ball and also switched defensive schemes.
Start Looking for Newton and the Panthers to stay up to the Pats in the early going. New England gets the advantage in-depth so when the starters start clowning on the sidelines and consider their pads off, start looking in the Patriots for the third and second teamers to help New England pull away in the second half .
Best bet: Patriots to win at -180 together with Bovadathe over in -110.