Carolina Panthers vs. New England Patriots – NFL Preseason Week 3 Betting Picks and Odds
Finally, the third week of the preseason is here. Not that I like these meaningless games, but week three is where we get to see the big names playing at least a half before the regular season week one.
The Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots will go at it this week in what looks like a fun matchup. Neither of these teams has given preseason time to their starting quarterbacks.
If we are honest, Cam Newton and Tom Brady don’t need the reps. However, week three is different.
Panthers vs. Patriots Betting Odds – NFL Preseason Week 3
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Carolina Panthers vs. New England Patriots Betting Preview
It’s the last chance to see a glimpse of what the team can be for week one. Panther’s head coach Ron Rivera mentioned Newton would play on Thursday. Rivera didn’t say for how long. I’m expecting two series or three at the most.
QB Cam Newton underwent surgery to repair his throwing arm shoulder in the offseason. Carolina is trying to be careful about how they handle his return.
I don’t even think Cam will be all that useful in those series. He has seen limited time throwing the football during training due to his recovery process.
Kyle Allen will be the second QB, according to Rivera. Allen is the quarterback with least time on the field during the preseason, of all the three fighting for the backup job. I’m sure Taylor Heinicke and Will Grier will get some reps as well.
The New England Patriots, on the other side, haven’t put Tom Brady on the field in the first two games of the preseason. There is no need to risk someone who has seen it all entering his 20th year in the NFL.
Brady is expected to play on Thursday, but head coach Bill Belichick hasn’t said how much. The Patriots welcomed back three playmakers this week. The team scratched the name of WR Julian Edelman on the injury list, and he will be ready to go.
They also have WR Josh Gordon back after the NFL allow him to come back into the league. The availability of Gordon for Thursday’s game is a little more in question.
The PUP List
Lastly, WR Demaryius Thomas is on the PUP list. Thomas is unlikely to see the field against the Panthers. The betting line for this game opened with the Patriots as 4.5-point favorites.
The line dropped one point, and I expect it to be at a field goal range by the time of the kickoff. 54% of the betting public is taking the Carolina with the points as their favorite bet.
Panthers vs. Patriots Preseason Week Three Matchup Pick
One underrated story of the preseason has been the performance of the Patriots rookie QB Jarrett Stidham, who is beating QB Brian Hoyer for the backup job. Stidham is feeling it. He threw 193 yards and two scores last week against the Titans while completing 14 of 19 passes.
I know preseason football means nothing, but when the training camp opened Hoyer was the undisputed backup, and that has changed now. Their performance in week three should give one of those two names the edge for the job. That battle alone is the reason betting on the Patriots -3.5 is the play.
Panthers vs. Patriots Game Information
- Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019
- Game time: 7:30 PM ET
- Venue: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
- TV: NFL Network
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