Published: Mon, October 02, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Ryan Kalil among 5 Panthers out against Patriots

Ryan Kalil among 5 Panthers out against Patriots

"Anytime you can go against an opponent like that, it's a pump-up game, and we're excited for the challenge".

Sunday brings in a Panthers team that ranks No. 1 in total defense despite giving up 34 points in last week's loss to New Orleans. Hopefully, Dont'a Hightower plays and the team can start looking better defensively.

The future hall of famer has tallied 1,092 yards passing, eight touchdowns and no interceptions through three games this season.

Offensively, the Patriots will have plenty of options.

The Panthers have played in Foxboro only twice in franchise history, in Carolina's inaugural season of 1995 and 14 years later in 2009.

They lost several key players to retirement and free agency, including both starting defensive ends. Come tomorrow afternoon, the Patriots will be 3-1, and will begin to take a solid hold of first place in the AFC East division.

New England got back into it with an 8-yard touchdown run by Dion Lewis with 8:46 left that made it 30-23. Murray will continue to remain the starter, but keep Henry on your bench for any sudden injuries or an increase in offensive production as the Titans continue to feel out how they'll work their backfield. Unfortunately, the Panthers are trending down on running the ball over the past three weeks, each game having fewer rushes than the previous. Rookie RB Christian McCaffrey led team with nine receptions for 101 yards last week. As a shifty pass-catcher out of the backfield, McCaffrey should give the Patriots some struggles early.

"It came down to a controversial play on the last play of the game".

Stephon Gilmore hands-to-the face penalty - his second of the game - nullified a third-down sack by Deatrich Wise that would have ended Carolina's game-winning drive.

To replace him, the Panthers signed the Vikings former left tackle Matt Kalil to a five-year, $55.5 million contract.

Just a couple seasons removed from being the NFL's MVP, Cam Newton is hitting on 61.4% of his passes. After losing his favorite target in Greg Olsen to the IR, it will be tougher for Cam to make some serious damage. "I think most teams are like that, but I think it's more heavily tilted toward if Cam plays well, we're going to win the game". Whitney Mercilus got around Solder with a start-and-stop move and popped the ball loose from Brady, whose fumble was returned by Jadeveon Clowney for a 22-yard TD.

On the defensive side, the Patriots are much more talented than how they've been playing.

Newton was limited at practice for the second week in a row, although Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Newton threw more than he did leading to the Saints' game. He did not return to the game.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Cam Newton on Sunday became the first quarterback in National Football League history to rush for 50 touchdowns. "If you let them get into you, obviously they're going to win the route".

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