Carolina Panthers at Detroit Lions

Carolina Panthers at Detroit LionsDetroit Lions and Carolina Panthers both bring 3-1 record into Ford Field on Sunday

The Detroit Lions knocked off the Minnesota Vikings on the road last weekend. The Carolina Panthers handed the New England Patriots their second home loss of the season. The Panthers offense got rolling last time out and will need it in this game as a road underdog. The Lions defense has been playing in good form so far. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been playing well and Detroit has the look of a playoff contender. This regular season Week 5 NFL game is scheduled for Sunday, October 8, 2017, at 1 p.m. ET at Ford Field.

The Carolina Panthers (3-1) has won five of the seven all-time meetings with Detroit. The last time the Panthers visited Ford Field, in 2011, the Lions won 49-35. The Panthers are a hard team to figure out right now. One minute they look good and the next they look poor. In their 33-30 win against New England, Cam Newton completed 22 of 29 passes for 316 yards with 3 touchdowns and one interception. The Panthers offense are averaging 19.5 points and 318.5 total yards per game. The defense are giving up 17.5 points and 282.0 total yards per game.

The Detroit Lions (3-1) are tied atop the NFC North after their 14-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings. The Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 19 of 31 passes for 209 yards. The Lions offense are averaging 24.8 points and 299.8 total yards per game. The defense are giving up 17.5 points and 322.5 total yards per game. The Lions defensive lineman Antony Zettel has been a huge contributor thus far with four sacks in four games. If the defensive line can put together a nice group effort they could keep Cam Newton contained. The Lions have the home field advantage, and Sportsbooks Games picks them for another win in this one.

Carolina Panthers at New England Patriots

Carolina Panthers at New England Patriots
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.