Dont'a Hightower, Marcus Cannon both active vs. Panthers

This should raise some red flags around the Patriots since they really could have lost last week. Because you know Tom Brady will. Didn't like Adam Viniateri. Despite the win, and another stellar performance by the NFL's top-ranked offense, Bill Belichick and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia clearly have some work to do. "Didn't like none of them". Brady has three or more touchdown passes in four of his last five games. The Panthers have allowed just 251.7 yards and 13.3 points per game through three contests.

"They've proven over a long period of time that they can do it and sustain it for a long time".

"For me to have that potentially under my belt - and you can't count a goal until you actually see it go through the net - it's a blessing", Newton told Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer. So, it's not just one thing. "Being able to show up week in and week out and put out some playoff-caliber football".

Maybe the Pats are just baiting us, baiting the Panthers.

Carolina suffered its first loss of the season in Week 3, losing 34-13 at home to NFC South rival New Orleans. So, while the Carolina defense makes for a worthy adversary for Brady on Sunday, Brady presents a much bigger challenge to the Carolina defense. Cam Newton has been nothing short of a disappointment so far this season, and the only upside has been Christian McCaffrey.

New England (2-1) is a nine-point favorite vs. Carolina, but the Patriots have looked vulnerable with the NFL's worst defense. With Brandon Cooks finally having his first breakout game as a Patriot last week, Carolina will have to do anything possible to keep New England off-balance. He also had eight carries for 44 yards and one touchdown on the ground.


The Panthers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games in Week 4. There aren't many healthy ones left, so it falls on McCaffrey to seize the moment.

Last Sunday, Newton was sacked four times by the New Orleans Saints defense. Newton is capable of the same - if not a hell of a lot more based on his size and strength.

This one's a little more hard because it depends on the strength of Newton's right shoulder.

Newton had surgery on his throwing shoulder in March to fix a partially torn rotator cuff. The combination of the underwhelming defence and the continually efficient offence has led to New England playing over the total in each of its three games. They'll get another opportunity this weekend against the Patriots, who slid down to the bottom spot after giving up 33 points to the Texans. But they've still got plenty of talent, starting with Pro Bowl linebacker Dont'a Hightower.

Yet there's still that threat that Newton will just pull the ball in and run for yardage. The Seminoles (0-2, 0-1) are looking to get back on track in the second career start for freshman QB James Blackman, who has yet to throw an interception but also only has one touchdown pass.


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