Preview of Patriots Week Four Matchup

Sep 30, 2017, 02:24
Preview of Patriots Week Four Matchup

The Carolina Panthers are 2-1 on the season but are coming off a 34-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Tom Brady has won back-to-back AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors, completing 55 of 74 passes for 825 yards and eight touchdown passes between the two games. He carried the ball eight times for 41 yards but it was the ability to keep passing plays alive with his legs that almost cost the Patriots the game. He's more kind of a receiver than running back.

Two teams with win-loss records that don't begin to tell the full story meet on Sunday at Gillette Stadium when the Panthers hope to solve their offensive woes and the Patriots aim to keep an opponent under 30 points.

Although Cam Newton has struggled so far, this season, the 2015 MVP victor has proven what he is capable of on the football field. Here's what they had to say. Through three games, Carolina is allowing just 252 yards per game. The teams faced off in Carolina's first Super Bowl appearance following the 2003 regular season. However, the Patriots narrowly avoided being 1-2, needing a late home rally against the Texans to secure a dramatic 36-33 victory in the closing seconds of last week's game. He also added 5 touchdowns to his total, his high of the season so far.

McCaffrey: "The biggest thing for me is, if I can spread a message to people, it's just that there is a lot of hate going on in the world today and it's really important that everybody takes a step back and look at themselves in the mirror". "Staying in the pocket, making good decisions". He was one of seven Panthers listed under "did not participate" in Wednesday's first injury report for the week, which included Newton listed as "limited" because of his right shoulder.

Cam Newton still finding his way: "We can get straight to the point with Cam, and I speak from the perspective of a former player who has all the boxes checked when it comes to trying to play through knee surgery and ankle injuries. Not saying the other guys aren't a problem, because they are, but he's public enemy No. 1". "I'm sure there will be conversations as we continue to go forward, and we'll see how it goes". They have a good rotation in there. "Start with the most important things first, always". Things get tougher with a Friday night visit from No. 14 Miami. That number is already up to 10 this season. "Every week we go in there to compete and to learn from the mistakes that we make in order to have a better performance next time around".

The Carolina Panthers announced on Friday that center Ryan Kalil, wide receiver Curtis Samuel, cornerback Daryl Worley, defensive end Daeshon Hall and linebacker Jeremy Cash have all been ruled out for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. Like the Patriots, Ron Rivera's Panthers have a serious issue of their own to contend with - it just happens to be on the other side of the football. And that challenge may be even more daunting for the Panthers' defense on the road against a Tom Brady-led offense.