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NFL Betting: What To Take into Account before Buffalo Game

Panthers Practice

The Carolina Panthers and NFL betting fans are gearing up as they will see their first in-game action since January this Friday, August 14 against the Buffalo Bills. The Panthers will make the trip to New York to take on the Bills in Ralph Wilson Stadium. While the preseason is more of a time for coaches to evaluate the depth they have, they also can get an indication of how the starters may perform that season. Here we have three things to watch for in the Panthers first game of the year.

The Panthers Offensive line has their first big test against Buffalo’s strong Defense.

The Bills have certainly built an identity for themselves on the defensive side of the ball, particularly along the defensive line. The unit was strong last season and will only look to become stronger with new Bills coach Rex Ryan calling the plays. Ryan is very hands on and creative with his defense and while he obviously won’t get too creative in a preseason game, the raw talent of the Bills’ defensive front will be a big enough test for the Panthers’ offensive line.

 

Fuels have been running high in Panthers camp, specially after Monday’s fight between QB Cam Newton and CB Josh Norman over an intercepted pass. The Panthers should look into taking that force and passion being shown in training camp and use it against a really tough defensive line like the one Buffalo has.

Cam Newton Josh Norman Fight

Reports coming out of training camp have indicated that the Panthers pair of second year guards Trai Turner and Andrew Norwell are performing at an especially high level. The development of right tackle Mike Remmers will also be interesting to look out for.

How well defensive end Frank Alexander performs

The Panthers released the first depth chart of the off season and it lists defensive end Frank Alexander as the starter opposite Charles Johnson over second year defensive end Kony Ealy. Panthers’ fans awaited patiently the return of Alexander last season when the defense was struggling towards the beginning of the season. Alexander was originally supposed to be suspended for the first four games of last season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. However, he ended up getting suspended for an additional ten games for the same reason.

Frank Alexander Panthers

With Hardy suspended for much of the 2014 season, Alexander was the player that Panthers fans were looking at to fill that void at right defensive end. Alexander will have to perform at a high level to make up for his missed year and this preseason will be a first look to see if he can do just that during the 2015 season.

How the special teams unit performs

One unit that certainly underwhelmed last season was the special teams unit. The unit will look to take a giant leap forward in the 2015 season. Complete with a new special teams coordinator, a few new faces to help with coverage during returns, and most importantly Ted Ginn Jr. fielding both kickoff and punt returns, the unit will look to at least be respectable.

Ted Ginn Jr Panthers

Looking at who wins the battle of field position throughout the game will be the number one thing to observe on Friday regarding special teams.

 

Sources:

Charlotteobserver.com: Charlotteobserver.com: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article30598728.html

Chatsports.com: Chatsports.com: http://www.chatsports.com/carolina-panthers/a/panthers-first-depth-chart-of-the-2015-season-2-11658289

 

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