New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers meet for first time at Gillette Stadium in regular season game since 2009 season
The Carolina Panthers are 2-1 on the season but are coming off a 34-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints. The New England Patriots are sitting at 2-1 this year as well. New England lost the opener against the Chiefs, then got wins over New Orleans 36-20 and Houston 36-33. The NFL game will kickoff on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at 1 p.m. ET at Gillette Stadium.
The New England Patriots isn’t running on all cylinders quite yet and the defense has had some issues. New England escaped in that Texans game and now remains in a comfortable spot in the standings. So far this season, Brady has 1092 yards and eight touchdowns. Running back Mike Gillislee is the Patriots top rusher with 145 yards, four scores and 45 attempts. Cooks is New England’s leading receiver with 256 yards, two touchdowns and 10 receptions on 18 targets. New England does have some problems on defense, giving up a total of 95 points in three games.
The Carolina Panthers offense has not been very good to start the year and that could be trouble for the team. In the first three games so far, Cam Newton has 566 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Running back Jonathan Stewart leads the rushers with 45 attempts and 162 yards. McCaffrey is tops on the Panthers with 23 targets, 18 receptions and 173 yards. The Panthers need more out of Newton to make this a competitive game. The defense allowed only six combined points in wins over the 49ers and the Bills, but the Saints dominated through the air and the Patriots aren’t going to be slowed down either. Sportsbooks Games thinks this is a bad matchup for Carolina. Take the Patriots to cruise to the victory in this one.
The Premier League gives way to the 7th round this weekend in England with the Chelsea versus Manchester City game
Manchester City are unbeaten and sit on top of the Premier League with 16 points along with Man United. City stomped Crystal Palace with a 5-0 win on last Saturday. City is the first English team since Blackburn Rovers to score five or more goals in three consecutive matches. Chelsea are three points behind, with four wins from five games, including a 4-0 victory at Stoke on Saturday. Manchester City have not won the Premier League title since 2012/13 and 2013/14. Chelsea have been champions for two of the last three seasons. These two genuine Premier League title contenders will square off at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, September 30, at 12:30 ET.
Chelsea won the title last season and will look to end Manchester City’s unbeaten start to the new season. Former Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata has adapted very swiftly to the Premier League. He made it six goals in as many games with a superb hat-trick at Stoke City. Morata and Pedro capitalized on defensive mistakes against Stoke with a 4-0 win. The Blues were good enough to claim the title last season, but more may be required this time. We expect both teams to score on home ground of Chelsea, and Morata will again be a threat.
Manchester City looks to be on another level when it comes to attacking weapons right now. The Citizens have scored an incredible 16 goals in their last three Premier League games. So far this season, Guardiola’s Man City have scored an average of 3.2 goals per game. The difference this season is the strength in depth of the forwards. Sergio Aguero is alongside Morata and Romelu Lukaku at the head. The midfielders Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, and Fernandinho are scoring compared to last year. City will be at home against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League during midweek. Chelsea has to travel to Atletico Madrid during midweek. Sportsbooks Games thinks Guardiola’s side will be fresher for this most excellent fixture.
West Ham United takes on Tottenham Hotspur at London Stadium on Saturday
Tottenham Hotspur needs to get back into the top four of the English Premier League at this juncture. This will be their first chance to put some pressure on a top team of the Premier League table in Match Day 6. The Spurs travel to West Ham United this weekend. This English Premier League fixture is scheduled on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 7:30 a.m. ET at London Stadium. The duel will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.
West Ham United has a great defense as of late. West Ham didn’t play great against Bolton in the EFL Cup earlier in the week, but the 3-0 win was a good result. They had a scoreless draw against West Brom on the road also. The 2-0 victory at home against Huddersfield Town gives their defense 270 straight minutes of scoreless football. West Ham’s biggest problem is that it can’t get it’s offense on the field at the same time. Slaven Bilic continues to insist that he can’t play Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez on the pitch together.
Tottenham Hotspur has yet to concede a goal yet away from home, and it has all six points possible. The Spurs have already lost at home to Chelsea and drawn to Burnley and Swansea City at home. On the road, the Spurs has outscored Everton and Newcastle 5-0 on aggregate. Most recently, the Spurs picked up a 1-0 win over Barnsley in the EFL Cup. Sportsbooks Games thinks Tottenham Hotspur will escape with a draw from its crosstown rivals, but this will be a tough one for them to get.
Atlanta Falcons will take on the Detroit Lions in Week 3 on Sunday
The Detroit Lions started the season with a comeback win over the Arizona Cardinals. They played their second game of the season with a 24-10 win against the New York Giants on Monday night. The Atlanta Falcons are playing well again this year and are building momentum. The Falcons are 2-0 after defeating Green Bay 34-23 last weekend. This NFL game in Week 3 is scheduled for Sunday, September 24, 2017, at 1 p.m. ET at Ford Field.
The Detroit Lions could turn heads with an upset victory but it will be tough against the Falcons. Quarterback Matthew Stafford didn’t have a great day against New York on Monday night. Stafford threw for just 122 yards and lost a fumble. However, the Lions never trailed in their 24-10 win. The difference in this game was Detroit’s swarming defense. The defense is continuing to get better. If the Lions have any chance of slowing down the Falcons, they must keep Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones in check. That responsibility could fall on Darius Slay, the Lions top cornerback. Slay and the rest of the Lions need to force the other wideouts to beat them in this one.
Atlanta Falcons and quarterback Matt Ryan had a dominating victory against the Green Bay Packers Sunday night. Ryan threw for 252 yards and a touchdown. Julio Jones finished with five catches for 108 yards. Freeman rushed for 84 yards, and Tevin Coleman had 42 yards on the ground plus a touchdown catch. Trufant scored a defensive touchdown and a crucial interception near the end of the first half. The Atlanta Falcons have a lot of weapons on offense that can still put up a lot of points even without Jones. However, if Jones cannot be contained Atlanta will light up the scoreboard. The scoring total should be high with a ton of passes. Sportsbooks Games take the Falcons to win this game.
Watford hosts Manchester City in Premier League match at Vicarage Road Stadium on Saturday
Manchester City head into Saturday’s football game against Watford after their thrilling 5-0 win over Liverpool. The Citizens need to keep their momentum and aim to take the top position in the Premier League. Watford managed to beat Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium last weekend. Watford FC is currently ranked 4th in the Premier League standings with 8 points. Manchester City FC is ranked 2nd with 10 points. Watford FC will host Manchester City FC, at Vicarage Road, at 1500 BST on Saturday, September 16, 2017.
Watford FC scored a victory at Southampton under head coach Marco Silva last weekend. The Hornets midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure put the Hornets ahead. He and midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah have done well behind forwards Andre Gray and Richarlison. These players are the reason Watford FC is unbeaten with eight points from four games. The Hornets are playing with a lot of confidence at the moment. They have a good team and a lot of strength in the team up front.
Manchester City did crush Liverpool 5-0, but Sadio Mane had to leave in the first half of the game. The Blues midfielder Kevin De Bruyne passing skills helped to carve open Liverpool. Forwards Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero are developing a genuine partnership and they seem to be meshing well. Man City can bring on midfielder Leroy Sane just as defenders are tiring, which spells trouble for opponents. The Blues suffered from some slow starts before, but can now kick on and show their class. Man City attacking partnership of Aguero and Gabriel Jesus was in a perfect working order against Liverpool. Sportsbooks Games predict that the Citizens are going to extend their winning run in the national championship.
Philadelphia Eagles take on Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
The Kansas City Chiefs opened the season with an impressive win over the defending champion New England. The Chiefs scored 42 points on defending Super Bowl champions, registering an eye-opening upset. They will try to keep that momentum when they match up with the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2. The Eagles were impressive in their season opening road win over the Redskins. This football game is scheduled for Sunday, September 17, 2017, at 1 p.m. ET at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Kansas City Chiefs has a solid defense. If the Chiefs offense take the next step and be explosive, this team will be tough to handle. During the season opener speedy wideout Tyreek Hill and rookie Kareem Hunt made a pair of 75-plus-yard TD receptions. Keep in mind the upset of New England was only one game. Quarterback Alex Smith has the reputation of being a conservative game manager.
The Philadelphia Eagles should be able to make this one a grind out tough affair. The Eagles has a very talented defense which did not allow the Washington running game to get going last week. The Philadelphia Eagles offense seems to coming along also. Quarterback Carson Wentz started his second year by completing 26 of 39 passes for 307 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The new running back LeGarrette Blount and new wide receiver Alshon Jeffery made great contributions duing the game. Also, wide receiver Nelson Agholor made six receptions for 86 yards and a 58-yard TD catch. Sportsbooks Games believes this game should to be low-scoring because both defenses are very talented and gives an edge to the Chiefs at home.
Man City face off with Liverpool at the Etihad
Manchester City will play host to Liverpool FC in this match at Etihad on Saturday, September 9. The kick-off is scheduled for 12:30 BST/07:30 ET. The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League. Both sides sit in the top four after collecting seven points from their opening three games. Both sides have started the season with two wins and a draw. They are both Premier League title hopefuls. Manchester City are still seeking a first home win after being held to a 1-1 draw by Everton. Liverpool have won both their home games, including a 4-0 impressive win of Arsenal. A win for either side in this match would send the victors to the top.
Manchester City has only dropped two points from their first three fixtures so far. Raheem Sterling will be suspended for Manchester City for this match. Pep Guardioala has assembled talented players but they have been far from convincing so far. The Sky Blues wore down Brighton well enough but were then held to a draw at home by Everton. They also came away with a 2-1 win at Bournemouth with seven minutes into stoppage time. City weren’t dominant or coherent in their play. They seem to have a lack of tactical understanding at the moment.
Liverpool didn’t have the best start to the season but are level with City on seven points. Klopp is now adding Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, which will give this well-balanced squad another boost. The earlier signings of Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson and Dominic Solanke are already settling in nicely. Liverpool’s front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have been unstoppable this season. The Reds have a high-tempo game plan to unsettle their hosts. Sportsbooks Games has to give the edge to The Reds in this fixture.