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NFL : ATS Matchup
Monday 11/18/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




NEW ENGLAND (7 - 2) at CAROLINA (6 - 3)
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Week 11 Monday, 11/18/2013 8:40 PM
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NEW ENGLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games7-2+4.55-44-526.013.9361.1(5.3)
Road Games2-2-0.51-32-221.512.7355.5(5.2)1.521.79.2366.7(5.2)1.5
Last 3 Games2-1+0.52-12-136.316.0385.7(6)
NEW ENGLAND - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)26.013.921.229:1030-129(4.3)22-3857.1%232(6.1)68-361(5.3)(13.9)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.912.81930:5627-107(4)21-3660.1%231(6.5)62-338(5.4)(14.1)
Offense Road Games21.512.720.729:2626-115(4.4)22-4253.3%240(5.7)68-355(5.2)(16.5)
Defense (All Games)19.48.621.031:5630-128(4.3)21-3855.4%233(6.1)68-361(5.3)(18.6)
Opponents Offensive Avg.21.711.619.331:4827-106(4)22-3661.3%235(6.5)63-342(5.5)(15.8)
Defense Road Games21.79.222.233:0235-133(3.8)22-3563.1%233(6.6)70-367(5.2)(16.9)
NEW ENGLAND - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 15-640.3%1-025.0%2-36(20.5)2-18(9.3)7-62
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.20.61.8 14-537.8%1-040.4%2-48(23)18-2(8.8)7-57
Stats Against (Road Games) 16-742.9%1-033.3%1-23(23.5)2-17(9.6)8-58

CAROLINA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games6-3+3.16-34-523.811.4322.4(5.2)1.412.84.7283.3(5.1)2.3
Home Games3-1+2.13-11-327.213.7325.0(5.3)
Last 3 Games3-0+3.93-01-225.011.7315.7(5)1.310.78.3245.7(4.7)2.3
Grass Games5-1+55-12-425.012.7312.3(5.1)
CAROLINA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)23.811.421.733:4732-127(3.9)19-3062.7%196(6.5)62-322(5.2)(13.6)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.81220.231:5627-108(4)22-3661.8%235(6.5)63-344(5.5)(14.5)
Offense Home Games27.213.722.734:0435-138(3.9)17-2666.3%187(7.2)61-325(5.3)(11.9)
Defense (All Games)12.84.716.026:1322-82(3.8)22-3465.9%201(5.9)56-283(5.1)(22.2)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.311.718.829:2427-110(4.1)20-3460.1%217(6.4)61-326(5.4)(14.6)
Defense Home Games9.24.513.725:5521-68(3.3)20-3067.8%214(7.1)51-281(5.5)(30.4)
CAROLINA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against1.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-433.9%1-014.3%1-29(23.4)2-19(9.4)6-52
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.20.82 14-536.4%1-044.9%2-47(23.2)20-2(9.3)7-57
Stats Against (Home Games) 12-435.4%1-00.0%1-39(26)2-22(10)7-70
Average power rating of opponents played: NEW ENGLAND 18.2,  CAROLINA 20.3
NEW ENGLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/22/2013TAMPA BAY23-3W-7W44.5U33-15625-36-202122-9719-41-2261
9/29/2013@ ATLANTA30-23W3W49.5O31-13220-31-316015-5834-54-3991
10/6/2013@ CINCINNATI6-13L-2L45.5U18-8218-38-166239-16220-27-1792
10/13/2013NEW ORLEANS30-27W-2.5W51O35-14125-43-235126-13117-36-2302
10/20/2013@ NY JETS27-30L-3L43O20-9022-46-205152-17717-33-2061
11/18/2013@ CAROLINA            
12/1/2013@ HOUSTON            
12/15/2013@ MIAMI            

CAROLINA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/22/2013NY GIANTS38-0W2W47U46-19415-27-208216-6014-27-903
10/6/2013@ ARIZONA6-22L-3L41U20-9521-39-258428-9019-28-1603
10/13/2013@ MINNESOTA35-10W2.5W44.5O39-13120-26-236013-7532-44-2152
10/20/2013ST LOUIS30-15W-7W42O38-10215-17-180021-6323-34-2543
10/24/2013@ TAMPA BAY31-13W-6.5W39O27-12923-32-195014-4830-51-2491
11/10/2013@ SAN FRANCISCO10-9W6W43U30-11116-32-139224-10511-22-462
11/18/2013NEW ENGLAND            
11/24/2013@ MIAMI            
12/1/2013TAMPA BAY            
12/8/2013@ NEW ORLEANS            
12/15/2013NY JETS            
NEW ENGLAND: New England is consistently middle-of-the-pack in run/pass ratio, and that should hold this year. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels' running game is a power scheme heavy on man blocking, and No. 1 back Stevan Ridley is a nice fit. However, Ridley's fumble-itis is an issue. Shane Vereen will get a lot of reps and is a better weapon in the passing game. The additions of Donald Jones and Michael Jenkins and re-signing of Julian Edelman, three solid blocking receivers, suggest they might test the perimeter more often. They also find work for a third back, either LeGarrette Blount or Brandon Bolden. The Patriots' passing game has become more and more spread. The tight ends, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, remain the focal points of the passing game when they're on the field, but both were doubtful for Week 1 when we went to press. Hernandez (legal trouble) is a moveable chess piece while Gronkowski (forearm injury) plays in-line and is often called upon to protect. Danny Amendola steps into the Wes Welker role and figures to lead the team in targets as long as he remains healthy. He'll likely slide outside when they play three wide. Rookie Aaron Dobson has a chance to see a lot of snaps on the outside. The Pats had more goal-to-go snaps than any NFL team last year, and skewed run-heavy with them. The Patriots finished T-9th in scoring defense in 2012, and led the NFL with 32 forced and 21 recovered fumbles, thanks to a stellar corps of linebackers anchored by LBs Jerod Mayo and Dont'a Hightower. A healthy DE Chandler Jones has Pro Bowl potential, and DT Vince Wilfork is still a monster. The secondary hasn't been good for a long time, but the addition of S Adrian Wilson and the healthy return of CB Aqib Talib will certainly help.
CAROLINA: New offensive coordinator Mike Shula was promoted from QB coach, so there won't be many offensive changes. Carolina uses a zone-blocking scheme in a number of looks, from spread to wishbone. Jonathan Stewart figures to lead the RB committee in carries, with DeAngelo Williams in a No. 2 role and Mike Tolbert splitting time at halfback and fullback. They use a lot of zone read options with Cam Newton, who could very well lead the team in rushing again as Shula is committed to letting his star pupil make plays. This is a vertical passing game that works off the threat of the run. Shula will continue to make it a point to feed Steve Smith any time he's in single coverage. Smith still does most of his work downfield. Flex TE Greg Olsen serves as essentially a No. 2 receiver, working up the seam most of the time but also coming back on some checkdowns in the middle of the field. They started to work in Brandon LaFell last year as a catch-and-run guy, and he figures to kick inside when they increasingly go three-wide with field-stretcher Domenik Hixon outside. The red zone will continue to be where Newton takes over. He had nearly half the team's rushing attempts inside the 10 last year, and he and Tolbert essentially split goal line chances. When they throw, Olsen figures to be the No. 1 target. This defense will need another year or two before becoming an above-average unit. LB Luke Kuechly led the NFL with 164 tackles as a rookie, and the Panthers drafted two large DTs in Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short who will be great down the road. But although no Carolina player had more than two interceptions in 2012, the team did nothing to bolster its secondary. The best cover men are underwhelming CBs Josh Norman and Josh Taylor, and top SS Haruki Nakamura has no business being a starter in the NFL.
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*Patriots-Panthers Preview* ===========================

The last time Tom Brady and the New England Patriots took the field, they put up the highest point total in the NFL this year.

It's highly unlikely they will come close to duplicating that effort Monday night.

The Patriots will go on the road to face a Carolina Panthers team that has won five straight and flexed its defensive muscles by allowing the NFC's fewest points.

It hasn't been an easy season for Brady, who owns the lowest passer rating of his career at 82.7 and has been frustrated often by an inexperienced group of targets that has dropped 12.2 percent of catchable balls for the league's worst mark.

New England (7-2) put aside those problems for a 55-31 rout of Pittsburgh on Nov. 3 as Brady enjoyed season highs of 432 yards passing and four touchdowns.

Now the AFC East leaders come out of their bye to face the Panthers, who are yielding 12.8 points per game and held defending NFC champion San Francisco without a touchdown in last Sunday's 10-9 road victory.

"They're one of the best defenses in the league," Brady said. "We have to play really well. I think our execution has to be at its best."

Carolina (6-3) has outscored foes 140-57 during its 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 out of Boston College now gets his first chance to face Brady.

"Tom Brady is a very cerebral guy, he's been around a while, he knows where he's going with the ball, he's smart, he understands defenses," Kuechly said. "So we've just got to do a good job of playing our job, doing our responsibilities and make sure we're in the right spot."

Kuechly and unheralded safety Mike Mitchell each have three of the Panthers' 13 interceptions that tie the club for the league's most.

The Patriots have also been boosted by Stevan Ridley's six rushing touchdowns over his last four games. He will face a Carolina front that allows an average of 82.0 yards on the ground for the NFL's second-lowest mark.

Just getting Brady enough snaps could be a challenge since Cam Newton has guided an offense that leads the NFL in time of possession at 33:48 per game heading into his first matchup with the Patriots.

"He's playing very efficiently. He does a good job," said Patriots coach Bill Belichick about Newton. "He's obviously a threat with the ball in his hands to run. He can make all the throws. He can put the ball on the sideline."

Carolina has rushed for an average of 120.4 yards during its win streak while the Patriots allow 128.2 yards per game on the ground for the league's third-worst mark.

Belichick believes his team will be prepared for Newton having already faced Buffalo's EJ Manuel and the Jets' Geno Smith.

"I think that a lot of the plays that Carolina runs we've seen from Buffalo and the Jets," Belichick said. "The fact that we have seen some of those plays, we've worked on the basic blocking schemes and how to fit on them, where everybody needs to be."

Newton owns a 67.4 completion percentage over the last five games. He has helped the Panthers convert a league-high 36.4 percent of third downs of at least 10 yards, and they are third on all third downs at 46.2 percent.

He'll try to avoid a New England pass rush that has produced 29 sacks to match Carolina and is led by Chandler Jones' 8 1/2.

Jones is tied for seventh in the league in sacks with the Panthers' Charles Johnson, who forms an impressive pass rushing duo with fellow defensive end Greg Hardy (six sacks).

"That's our style of defense," Hardy said. "We dominate. We take what we want. We do what we want."

Those pass rushers have clearly been helped by the additions of rookie defensive tackles Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short.

"We're playing young guys who have learned very quickly," coach Ron Rivera said. "These guys know what we want them to do."

Both teams have been very disciplined with New England committing 41 accepted penalties and Carolina 44 to rank in the NFL's top six.

Brady is 13-4 on Monday nights, an event the veteran still enjoys.

"Monday Night Football is always pretty cool, especially when you play a really good team on Monday Night Football," he said. "It's a fun night."

The Patriots have won three of five all-time meetings, including 32-29 in Super Bowl XXXVIII.

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