8:30 PM ET, November 18, 2013
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
The last time Tom Brady and the New England Patriots took the field, they put up the highest point total in the NFL in 2013.
YouWager experts consider that it’s not very likely the Pats can duplicate that effort tonight.
New England will travel to face a Carolina Panthers team that has won five straight and allowed the NFC’s fewest points.
The 36 year-old Brady hasn’t enjoyed an easy season. The star quarterback owns the lowest passer rating of his career at 82.7 and hasn’t been happy about the inexperienced group of targets that has dropped 12.2 percent of catchable balls for the NFL’s worst mark.
The Patriots (7-2) put aside those problems for a 55-31 rout of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 3 as Brady enjoyed season highs of 432 yards passing and four touchdowns.
New England comes out of its bye to face Carolina, who is yielding 12.8 points per game and held defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers without a touchdown in last Sunday’s 10-9 road win.
The Panthers (6-3) have outscored rivals 140-57 during their longest win streak since a six-game run Oct. 3-Nov. 13, 2005. Linebacker Luke Kuechly earned conference defensive player of the week honors for an 11-tackle performance as part of a defense that sacked Colin Kaepernick six times.
The second-year player part of the Boston College Eagles now gets his first chance to face Brady.
The Patriots, the AFC East leaders ,have also been boosted by Stevan Ridley’s six rushing touchdowns over his last four games. He will face a Panthers front that allows an average of 82.0 yards on the ground for the NFL’s second-lowest mark.
The Panthers have rushed for an average of 120.4 yards during its win streak while New England allow 128.2 yards per game on the ground for the league’s third-worst mark.
As online sports betting fans know, the Pats have won three of five all-time meetings, including 32-29 in Super Bowl XXXVIII.