Carolina Panthers vs Buffalo Bills Prediction, Pick – 8/6/18

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National Football League: Preseason Week 1 CAR vs. BUF

Carolina Panthers vs. Buffalo Bills August 9, 2018 7:00 PM ET New Era Field, Buffalo, NY

After what was an entertaining Hall of Fame Game weekend, it is now time to kick things off with Week 1 of the NFL Preseason starting with a matchup between the Carolina Panthers and Buffalo Bills. Scheduled for a 7:00 PM kickoff at New Era Field in Buffalo, our best sports betting sites has this contest as follow;

Bills Panthers
Spread
+2.5 -2.5
Total
34 34

Exhibition or not, the NFL is back and though it may not mean much in the way of wins and losses, it does when it comes to sports betting early on, so let’s take a look at these two teams;

Carolina will be looking for another successful year after going 11-5 with big wins over the New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers. Winning seven of their final nine regular season games, it propelled them into a Wild Card berth where they went down in defeat by a 31-26 score to the New Orleans Saints.

Looking for another winning season, the success of the Panthers will depend on the knee of their leader in quarterback Cam Newton, who is coming off ligament/cartilage damage. Newton is expected to be at 100% come the start of the season, so let’s see how much if any playing time he sees in the preseason?

As for the Bills, they too will enter the 2018 season with high expectations after making the postseason last year; a feat that took them 18 long years to snap. And, though it took a final victory to finish 9-7 on the regular season, Buffalo quickly saw their playoff run end with a 10-3 Wild Card defeat to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The preseason for the Bills will be an interesting one as they have a quarterback battle on their hands between AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman. Both QB’s are splitting first-team reps to see who who will lead the offense come opening day.

Prediction/Pick

Out the gate in this preseason opener, this matchup will come down to the backups and with Buffalo being at home in this one, MyBookie for this CAR vs. BUF matchup is favoring the Bills (-2.5) points over Carolina with BetOnline having the over/under at 34.0 total game points scored. Going light on my play here, I will favor the UNDER of 34.0 total game points scored as my best betting pick.