Green Bay (6-1) at Carolina (7-0)
When: Sunday, November 8th 2015
Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
Time: 1:00 ET | TV: FOX
The unbeaten Carolina Panthers come into today’s game against Green Bay as only the second team in NFL history that is an underdog at home while being 7-0. That’s the kind of respect the Panthers have been getting all year and that’s been a motivating factor to their success. Carolina overcame three turnovers in last week’s 29-26 overtime win over Indianapolis marking the second straight week they turned it over three times. The have give the ball away eight times in their last three games. The defense has done its part to overcome those mistakes, ranking third in the NFL with 16 takeaways – including a league-high 12 interceptions. Cam Newton isn’t having a terrific season passing the ball, but he has run for 286 yards and four touchdowns. He’s actually on pace to throw the most interceptions of his career, but the offense is still doing its job scoring at least 20 points in every game this season. The Panthers have the number one rushing attack in the league led by Newton and running back Jonathan Stewart, who has 505 yards rushing and 207 in his last two games. If Carolina can cut down on its turnovers, there’s no reason they can’t get the top seed in the NFC.
Green Bay is coming off one of their worst performances in a few years after last week’s 29-10 loss at Denver. Aaron Rodgers was 14-of-22 for only 77 yards against the stout Denver defense. The Packers only had 90 yards on the ground and 31 of that came on two Rodgers’ scrambles. If you take a quick glance at Rodgers’ stats for the season, you wouldn’t think the Packers had the 27th rank passing offense in the NFL. He has 15 touchdowns to only 2 interceptions, but the problem is that he’s unable to find any deep threats downfield. Jordy Nelson’s season-ending injury could be more of a factor in this offense than many realized. Maybe this Green Bay team isn’t as good as we thought. If you look at their schedule, they’ve really only beaten one quality team (Seattle). We’ll find out a lot about them after today. The Packers defense isn’t playing too bad despite last week’s 29 points allowed. They still rank 7th allowing just 18.6 points a game.
I can’t see Rodgers having two bad games in a row. The Panthers survived the lowly Colts on Monday and are on short rest. I’m thinking the Packers bounce back strong and win by a field goal or more.
Pick: Packers -2.5