New England lost the opener against the Chiefs, then got wins over New Orleans 36-20 and Houston 36-33. As long as the New England defense cleaned up its tackling and zone coverage from last week, it would be very surprising to see the Panthers put up a lot of points tomorrow in Foxborough.
The Patriots have allowed 461 yards and 31.7 points per game, the most in the NFL. You can start with Cam, the leader of the offense, big dude, obviously an experienced quarterback, strong guy, hard to take down and hard to tackle, so obviously we've got to deal with him. "Anytime you can go against an opponent like that, it's a pump-up game, and we're excited for the challenge". "Not saying the other guys aren't a problem, because they are, but he's public enemy No. 1".
Brady was 32-of-45 for 307 yards and two touchdowns. Worse yet, he has thrown four interceptions, has the fourth-lowest QB rating (69.7) in the league, and hasn't thrown a single touchdown pass since Week 1.
Stephon Gilmore hands-to-the face penalty - his second of the game - nullified a third-down sack by Deatrich Wise that would have ended Carolina's game-winning drive. "I have the utmost respect for the men and women who fight for our freedom". This has the potential to be a double-digit victory for the home team.
"We didn't do much as a team".
Jordan was fine with it, telling the media: "I appreciate him messing up his blocking scheme and allowing me to come free for a sack".
"I just think it's a matter of time", Rivera said. He can serve as a satisfactory flex in deep leagues, or an occasional substitute for players injured or on a bye week, but don't expect weekly elite production. "Just improvements like pass rush is getting better, obviously the rookies are getting better each week, I can see it".
Said Munnerlyn: "That's my owner".
Given what relatively mobile quarterbacks like Alex Smith and Deshaun Watson have done to the Patriots defense this season, however, this may be the week that Cam looks like Cam again. The Panthers were already without starting cornerback Daryl Worley because of a pectoral muscle injury. Though they may not play the same style of football, both Tom Brady and Cam Newton have taken home NFL MVP honors.
NOTES: RB Rex Burkhead sat out Wednesday's practice with the rib injury that kept him sidelined last week against the Texans.
Trailing 30-27 and needing a big play on defense, the Patriots got it from - who else? His nine receptions and 101 receiving yards in a breakout performance against the Saints illustrated just how unsafe the versatile playmaker can be as a pass catcher. It's evident that New England's offensive line play hasn't been spectacular, despite Brady's spectacular stats.
"I'm sure somebody will say something to me", Kuechly said. "Every week I just go out there and try to be the best player that I can be for my team and just go out and execute to the best of my ability". "You've got to try to make them as one-dimensional as possible and against these guys it's hard". I wish we could do that. The running game was nonexistent against Houston and I don't think it gets any easier against the Panthers' front. It was a hard-nosed, hard-fought game. He did it just last week.