Betting Odds: New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers (-1.5)
- New England Patriots Moneyline: +105
- Carolina Panthers Moneyline: -125
- Over/Under: 45.5
- Kickoff: Aug. 24, 2018 – 7:30 p.m. ET
New England Patriots
It’s unclear whether Tom Brady will play after stringing together a successful first half in Week 2, yet the game opened with a slate-high 46.5-point total with 76% of public tickets and 59% of the money coming in on the under.
The Patriots featured Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett and Julian Edelman in three-receiver sets alongside Brady in the second preseason game. The likes of James White and Rex Burkhead will see plenty of work come Week 1, but Eric Decker and/or Cordarrelle Patterson could see enhanced roles during Edelman’s four-game suspension.
Coach Ron Rivera has clarified that he plans to play his starters all the way into the third quarter to replicate halftime adjustments. Sixty-eight percent of public tickets have come in on the Patriots spread, but 66% of the money is backing the home squad.
The Panthers enter the regular season with a new-look offense expected to feature Christian McCaffrey in addition to first-round receiver D.J. Moore … and a healthy Greg Olsen! And yet, incumbent No. 1 WR Devin Funchess has been in on all 38 of Cam Newton’s snaps (per Adam Levitan). Funchess was one of only 13 wideouts with at least eight receiving touchdowns last season and is the team’s biggest receiver at 6-foot-4 and 232 pounds.