The struggling Panthers offense is getting just what the doctor ordered when they face the porous Patriots’ defense this weekend. That may be good news for Carolina, but New England will be forced to chase around another mobile QB after chasing rookie Texan Deshaun Watson all over the Gillette Stadium turf.
The Week 4 NFL betting spread favors New England by 9-points over Carolina. The over/under is 18.5-points. Kick-off is this Sunday, October 1st at 1:00 PM ET on FOX from Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
Carolina Panthers Vs New England Patriots NFL Week 4 Spread & ATS Pick
What: Carolina Panthers (2-1) at New England Patriots (2-1)
When: Sunday, October 1, 2017
Start Time: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Foxboro, MA
Stadium: Gillette Stadium
Spread: Patriots -9
Moneyline: Carolina +370 vs New England -465
Game Total: 49.5
Watch: FOX Sports
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Carolina vs New England
Why Bet The Carolina Panthers To Beat The Patriots
The Panthers offense needs a shot in the arm, especially with TE Greg Olen out with a broken foot. WR Kelvin Benjamin practiced fully Thursday and is expected to play after exiting last week’s game with a knee injury.
Cam Newton tossed three picks last week and has yet to find his accuracy, therefore, the Panthers must establish the run game. The Panthers rush attack ranks 13th with an average of 108.3 yards per game. The rushing duo of Jonathan Stewart (45 car, 162 yards, 0 TDs) and rookie Christian McCaffrey (25 car, 73 yards, 0 TDs) can be the difference makers against a Patriot defense that is allowing 130.3 rushing yards against per game.
The Patriots are allowing 331.0 passing yards per game. They also give up 31.7 points per game; the worst in the league.
Why Bet The New England Patriots To Beat The Panthers
The Patriots have the best quarterback in the NFL. Tom Brady sputtered in the season opener but has played lights out since then. Brady was named AFC offensive player two weeks in a row, both wins. He threw for five touchdowns against Houston, including the winner (and a subsequent 2-point conversion) with 23 seconds left. Heading into Week 4, he leads the NFL in passing yards with 1092 yards. He has passed for eight touchdowns and zero picks.
With Julian Edelman out for the season, Brady’s chemistry with new WR Brandin Cooks has blossomed. Cooks leads the team with 256 receiving yards. He posted 131 yards and two touchdowns against the Texans last weekend.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On
- Patriots are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games as a favorite.
- Patriots are 13-5-2 ATS in their last 20 home games.
- Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.
- Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a road underdog.
Panthers Vs. Patriots Week 4 Betting Analysis
The Patriots defense couldn’t stop a team coached by Rick Moranis, but with Brady under center New England will win, but I am betting on Carolina to cover.