Carolina Panthers face off against New England Patriots at the Bank of America Stadium this Friday, August 28. The last time the two teams met was during pre-season in 2014 when the Patriots easily clinched the game with a 30 – 7 victory. The Patriots will be favorites among betting enthusiasts to win it this time too after a fantastic season that saw them become Super Bowl Champions.
The Panthers are on the verge of making history and becoming NFC South Division Champions for the third consecutive year, but face a serious uphill battle. During their narrow win against the Miami Dolphins on Monday, the panthers lost defensive end, Frank Alexander for the rest of the season due to an Achilles injury. This adds to their already existing injury woes as they already lost influential wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin during an earlier game. After playing their first 2 pre-season games with three quarters of their defensive line out with injuries, things are looking up as they're to get Charles Johnson and Kawan Short back for the game against The Patriots. Panthers fans will be looking at under-performing franchise quarterback Cam Newton and rookie Brandon Wegher to ease the pressure and perform well on Friday.
The Patriots will be hoping to extend their winning streak after beating New Orleans Saints thanks to an outstanding performance from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. They did lose their opening game against the Green Bay Packers but have since recovered well. Both Garoppolo and receiver Chris Harper led the team to an impressive comeback after they were down 21-0 in the second quarter. Regardless of their stumble in the first game, online sportsbooks are still in favor of the Patriots as the Panthers look wobbly with their star performers barely repaying their fans' trust.