CAROLINA over Buf­falo by 10

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As ex­pected, the Pan­thers put on their post­sea­son masks and kicked off the 2017 sea­son in style with a con­vinc­ing 23-3 win at San Fran­cisco to ruin Kyle Shana­han’s de­but with the Nin­ers. In the process, Carolina man­aged to hold the Nin­ers to 217 to­tal yards. Mean­while, new Buf­falo boss Sean McDer­mott’s troops lim­ited the lowly NY Jets to 214 yards in a 21-9 win in McDer­mott’s de­but with the Bills. Be­fore bask­ing in the glow, though, McDer­mott should know that NFL new coaches away in Game Two, off a sea­son open­ing win of 7 or more points, are just 5-14 SU and 5-13-1 ATS since 2000, in­clud­ing against foes off a win. We re­al­ize that Carolina QB Cam New­ton has been a hu­man piñata for much of his NFL ca­reer, hav­ing been sacked or hit 922 times since 2011 en­ter­ing this sea­son (FYI: Seattle Sea­hawks QB Rus­sell Wil­son was sec­ond with 615). If it weren’t for the fact that the Pan­thers are 0-4 SUATS in their fran­chise his­tory against AFC East op­po­nents dur­ing the first half of the sea­son (Games 1-8), we’d be on them like the rest of the league’s front seven on New­ton. The bottom line is Carolina is in home open­ers and they on our radar this sea­son. We’re not about to quit clock­ing them un­til they tell us oth­er­wise.

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