Panthers vs. Bills Preseason Betting Odds: Will Buffalo QB Battle Take Shape?
Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Josh Allen
Betting Odds: Carolina Panthers at Buffalo Bills (-3)
- Carolina Panthers Moneyline: +137
- Buffalo Bills Moneyline: -157
- Over/Under: 34
- Kickoff: Aug. 9, 2018 — 7 p.m. ET
The Panthers have handed the offense to 66-year-old offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who hasn’t led a top-15 unit in yards or points since 2011. It remains to be seen how Norv and his son Scott (the quarterbacks coach) will attempt to build a system around quarterback Cam Newton’s dual-threat abilities and the receiving skills of running back Christian McCaffrey, wide receivers Devin Funchess and D.J. Moore and tight end Greg Olsen. Newton is the No. 2 overall quarterback in The Action Network QB Rankings.
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The Bills have the least popular “over” win total in the league despite coming off their first playoff appearance in 17 years. They’re entangled in a three-way quarterback competition featuring former Bengals backup A.J. McCarron, incumbent backup Nathan Peterman and much-maligned No. 7 overall pick Josh Allen. Coach Sean McDermott indicated that the veterans will see time with the first team Thursday, so Allen and his howitzer of a right arm should get lots of playing time and opportunities to throw incompletions. The Bills opened as a -1 favorite but have since moved to -3 behind the backing of 54% of the public (per our NFL Live Odds page).