Watch enough football games and every once in a while you see something you’ve never seen before. And one of those things happened to the Carolina Panthers last Sunday that cost them a victory in Atlanta.
A Good Effort Spoiled
Following the disaster that was that 36-7 home loss to the Giants Carolina put on a very good effort Sunday vs. Atlanta, and should have won the game. QB Cam Newton had one of his better days as a pro, and the Panthers led 28-27 inside of two minutes to go in the game.
But on a third-and-two from the Falcons 46-yard-line Newton pushed forward for what would have been a victory-clinching first down, but fumbled backwards. Carolina recovered, but short of the marker, and the Panthers had to punt.
Five plays later, after the Carolina secondary allowed Falcons QB Matt Ryan to hit Roddy White on a bomb and complete a couple more throws, the Panthers lost on a 40-yard Matt Bryant field-goal.
Carolina did manage, though, to provide those who backed it on their NFL picks Sunday with a winning wager as seven-point underdogs on the NFL betting line.
So at 1-3 the Panthers are three (and a half) games behind 4-0 Atlanta in the NFC South.
Seattle, meanwhile, starting rookie Russell Wilson at quarterback, opened its season with a tough 20-16 loss Arizona, then clobbered the Cowboys 27-7. Then came that Monday night victory over Green Bay in what even most Seahawks fans – the honest ones – would admit was a gift.
But Seattle couldn’t avoid a letdown and fell at St. Louis Sunday 19-13 to drop to 2-2 on the season.
Carolina, with help from 40 YPG from Newton, is averaging 122 YPG rushing this season, but Seattle is only giving up 63 YPG rushing.
On the other side of the equation the Panthers are allowing 135 YPG on the ground, and the Seahawks are averaging 151 YPG rushing.
The Betting Line
As of Tuesday morning most NFL betting outlets were listing Carolina at -3 for Sunday’s game, with an OVER/UNDER of 44.
Prediction for Sunday
Can the Panthers bounce back after snatching defeat from the jaws of victory? They’ll have to beef up the run defense, and get better production from their own running game, but both are doable. Be sure to head over the www.bestsatellite.tv and make sure you are all set up to watch the game this and every Sunday. We like Carolina minus the field goal for Sunday.