Both of these teams ended their game last weekend with somewhat of an odd story line, the Panthers took their game into overtime against the Bengals and were not able to capitalize, ending the game in a tie while the Packers on the other hand came out with a trick play making it look like they were going to spike the ball only to hurry the play and score a touchdown. Both of these teams are looking great on defense, their offense at times looks a little slow and rusty but I see that changing in this game.
Carolina Panthers vs. Green Bay Packers
1:00 PM ET, October 19, 2014
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
The Panthers in my opinion seem to lack the high attraction player that makes the big play like Steve Smith did all the years he was there. I also feel that QB Cam Newton is taking more of the running game responsibility this season given the fact that he has 14 more running plays then he did this same time last year. Newton needs to be careful though because he cannot afford to get hurt in one of those runs.
The Packers come into this game knowing they almost lost to Miami and it took almost a miracle play to get them over the top. This Packers team seems very slow on offense, QB Aaron Rogers looks great but running back Eddie Lacy and receiver Jordy Nelson need to step up their game to get this team where they want to be. They have yet to lose on their home turf, so that will definitely add some advantage for them.
Las Vegas likes Green Bay, as always, I cannot remember the game that they opened as a dog, and they know that the public will bet them no matter what the line is. I see the smart money coming in on Carolina because of the running game that Cam can put on, it will really cause some issues for this Packers team that does not have a very good defensive line. Take Carolina in this game and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.