The computer likes the Panthers in this matchup. QB Cam Newton is expected to return to the field for the Cats after he sat out last week’s game against the Tampa Bay Bucs with a rib injury.
Fansided’s Henry McKenna thinks the Lions will be “gunning to put a few good shots on his chest to see how those ribs hold up. If Newton can bear the beating, he can begin to develop a rapport with his new receiving core, particularly first-round draft pick Kelvin Benjamin, who had a strong outing in Week 1 with six receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown. The Panthers’ defense will need to keep the Lions’ big plays in check, limiting home run threats like Johnson and Reggie Bush.”
The Lions offense looked impressive against the Giants last week, but this Panthers defense isn’t the Giants.
Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM ET from Bank of America Stadium.
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