The 4-5 Detroit Lions head southeast to “warm weather,” where they will square off against the 3-7 Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Below, we’ll take a look at the early odds and the best sportsbook to bet with.
Detroit Lions vs. Carolina Panthers
Sunday, November 22, 2020 – 1:00 PM EDT at Bank of America Stadium
Carolina is back home for a second week in a row after getting blown away by Tom Brady and the Bucs, 46-23. As for the Lions, they’re coming off a close 30-27 victory over The Washington Football Team.
A Look At Carolina
After starting the season with a 3-2 record, Carolina has lost the last five games. This weekend game is a much-needed win. However, it won’t be easy.
Running back star Christian McCaffrey will be sidelined once again, this time with a shoulder injury. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is questionable dealing with a knee issue. This would leave Will Grier or P.J Walker.
Christian McCaffrey, when healthy, has been the best part of this Panthers team, reeling in six touchdowns on the season so far. Backup Mike David has been useful during McCaffrey’s absence. The run game is pivotal for Carolina this week, as the Lions rank below 30th in rushing yards allowed and rushing touchdowns allowed this season.
On the defense side of the ball, they have been allowing an average of 380 yards of offense per game, which is very below-average. Detroit isn’t a good team on the ground, so they will rely heavily on their passing scheme.
A Look At Detroit
Unlike Carolina, the Lions have won three of their last outing. They are currently tied for third in the NFC North with the Vikings in the record but have already been swept by them this fall.
However, like Carolina, Detroit’s quarterback Matthew Stafford is dealing with an injury and is deemed questionable for this game. This could be an interesting matchup if it’s backup vs. backup. In their close victory over Washington, Stafford had a solid game completing 72.7% of his passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns without a single turnover.
He and Marvin Jones Jr. connected eight times in the game, one of which for a score. The Panthers are very sub-par at containing offense in passing yards, touchdowns, and completion percentage. If Stafford is healthy, he should be able to take advantage of this come Sunday.
They are embarrassing defending the run allowing 101 rushing yards a game. The passing defense isn’t any better with 1.4 sacks per game and 258.4 passing yards allowed per game. They struggling to get any pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
The Lions could use a win to get themselves back into the division. Their defense has been a surprising problem for them, even with Matt Patricia leading the way. However, if Teddy Bridgewater cannot play next week, they will have a huge advantage going for them. The Lions need to focus on containing the Panthers’ run game, allowing Amani Oruwariye and Jeff Okudah to work on the Panthers’ receivers, and put points on the board.
The Lions could be with a huge advantage here if Carolina is without both Christian McCaffrey and Teddy Bridgewater. They will have to focus on containing Mike Davis on the run, which will only be their daunting task. For my bet, Carolina gets handed a sixth loss and Detroit gets back to competing within their division.