The 6-1 Green Bay packers will travel to North Carolina to take on the 7-0 Panthers in matchup between two of the NFL’s best teams. The Packers are coming off their worst game of the season, a 29-10 loss to the also undefeated Denver Broncos. The Panthers are coming off a thrilling 29-26 overtime win over the Indianapolis Colts which has kept their chance at an undefeated season alive.
The Packers played poorly on both sides of the ball last week but their offense was particularly bad. Offensively they only gained 166 yards total and Aaron Rodgers easily had his worst game of the season. He completed 14 passes for 77 and didn’t throw a touchdown. The 77 yards was the lowest total he has had in his whole career and there were only 2 completions that went for more than 10 yards. Eddie Lacy did rush for the only touchdown but he was held to 38 yards on 11 carries. Randall Cobb was the team’s leading receiver and he had 6 catches for only 27 yards. Defensively, they allowed the Broncos to accumulate 500 yards of offense and particular trouble stopping the rush. They gave up 160 rushing yards and 3 rushing touchdowns. They did keep Peyton Manning out of the end-zone but didn’t sack him and allowed him to complete 21 of 29 passes for 340 yards. They could not stop Demaryius Thomas as he caught 8 passes for 168 yards which is a 21 yard average per catch.
The Panthers keep winning despite poor play from quarterback Cam Newton. He completed 16 out of 35 passes for 248 yards and 2 touchdowns, but he also threw an interception and lost a fumble. Greg Olsen and Jonathan Stewart have been playing great all year and both had big games last week. Stewart rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown while Olsen had 6 catches for 79 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, they played great for the first 3 quarters surrendering only 2 field goals. The Colts then went on to score 17 points in the 4th quarter to tie the game and force overtime. They were able to pull off the victory with a huge interception in overtime, which led to the game winning field goal. Overall, they were able to force 4 turnovers by picking off luck 3 times and recovering a fumble. They were also able to sack luck 2 times and had 6 tackles for losses.
Cam Newton has to do a better job of not committing turnovers as he has thrown 6 interceptions in the last 3 games. While the Panthers were able to overcome these turnovers and win all 3 games, the Packers are a better team than the Panthers last 3 opponents all of whom had losing records. Both teams are 5-2 against the spread this year and even though Carolina is the undefeated team, the Packers are favored on the road
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