The Bills will look to keep rolling in Week 5 against the Bengals.

Are the Panthers a Good Pick in NFL Odds Over the Bills in Week 2?

Written by on September 15, 2017

Tyrod Taylor and the ‘new-look’ Buffalo Bills will be looking for  an upset in the NFL odds over Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers when the two playoff hopeful franchises square off in their Week 2 Inter-conference clash on Sunday. The two Week 1 winners will square off live from Bank of America Stadium at 1:00 PM ET with this matchup airing live on CBS. Can the Panthers overcome the Bills in the NFL odds & lines for Week 2?

Buffalo at Carolina NFL Odds, Analysis & Expert Pick for Week 2

When: Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 1:00 PM ETWhere: Bank of America StadiumTV: CBSRadio: WCMF 96.5 FM (Buffalo) / WBT 1110 AM (Carolina)NFL Odds: Carolina Panthers -7 / Total: 43

Why Bet the Buffalo Bills Odds at +7?

The Bills will look to get the upset in Week 2 under new head coach Sean McDermott who left Carolina after six seasons as their defensive coordinator to take the head coaching job in Buffalo.“The problem is, I’m not out there playing,” McDermott said, regarding his knowledge of Carolina’s schemes and players. “Our guys are going to be out there,” McDermott added. “What’s most important is what they know, not what I know. How you handle it is important. There is a tendency to maybe make an over-adjustment. We just have to be smart with it.”The Bills mostly man-handled the New York Jets in their regular season opener to cash in as Tyrod Taylor completed 16 of 28 passes for 224 yards with two touchdowns and one interception and Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy rushed for a game-high 110 yards on 22 carries.Newly acquired wide receiver Jordan Matthews caught two passes for a team-high 61 yards while fellow wideout Charles Clay caught four passes for 53 yards and one touchdown. McCoy added five catches for 49 yards and Buffalo’s revamped defense picked off Jets quarterback Josh McCown twice in the win while not allowing him to toss a touchdown pass.

NFL Week 2 ATS Picks

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 21
  • Total Yards: 408
  • Rush Yards: 190
  • Passing Yards: 218
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 12
  • Total Yards: 214
  • Rush Yards: 38
  • Passing Yards: 176

Why Bet the Carolina Panthers Odds at -7?

The Panthers limited San Francisco to just three third quarter points while Cam Newton completed 14 of 25 passes for 171 yards with two TD strikes and one interception in the win. Veteran running back Jonathan Stewart rushed for a team-high 65 yards on 118 carries while rookie running back and first round draft pick Christian McCaffrey rushed 13 times for 47 yards while adding five receptions for an additional 38 yards.“We did a good job of spreading the football,” Rivera said. “I would like to see more mixtures of the receiver combinations.”The Pantherrs are favored in the NFL odds by -7.Wide receiver Russell Shepard caught two passes with one going for a score while Stewart added two catches while grabbing Newton’s other TD pass in the win. Defensively, Carolina picked off San Francisco quarterback Brian Hoyer once while limiting the Niners to just 51 rushing yards in the win. Pro Bowl linebacker Luke Kuechly recorded a team-high seven tackles while fellow Pro Bowl linebacker Thomas Davis added one sack.“We have guys who do know (about us),” Carolina coach Ron Rivera said. “They have an idea. It will be an interesting matchup. … It will be a nice little homecoming. There is a tremendous amount of familiarity.”

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 23
  • Total Yards: 287
  • Rush Yards: 116
  • Passing Yards: 171
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 3
  • Total Yards: 217
  • Rush Yards: 51
  • Passing Yards: 166

Series History

  • Total Meetings:  6
  • First Meeting: September 10, 1995. Rich Stadium. Orchard Park, New York
  • Last Meeting: September 15th, 2013. Ralph Wilson Stadium. Orchard Park, New York
  • All-Time Series: Buffalo 5-1-0
  • Largest Margin of Victory: Buffalo 31-9 (1995)
  • Longest Win Streak: Buffalo 3 (1995-2001)
  • Current Win Streak: Buffalo 2 (2009-2013)

Latest NFL Odds Trends

  • Buffalo is 3-7-1 ATS in its last 11 games
  • Buffalo is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of Buffalo’s last 13 games
  • Carolina is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Carolina is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Carolina’s last 5 games

Expert Analysis and Prediction

The Bills may have rolled all over the overmatched Jets in Week 1, but they’re facing a different caliber of opponent this time around which is why I like the Carolina Panthers to get the home win and narrow ATS cover.Buffalo made a handful of moves like getting rid of No. 1 wide receiver Sammy Watkins just prior to the start of the regular season that signaled they were playing for the future and I believe that fact will show in this contest as the Panthers use their lock-down defense to pounce all over the Bills. Cam newton and company win at home by double digits to cover the spread as touchdown faves!NFL Odds Pick: Carolina -7
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