Game Predictions & Player Projections - CAR vs CIN

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Game Predictions & Player Projections - CAR vs CIN

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Prediction: CAR 16, CIN 27 (Line: CIN by 7)

UPDATE: A.J. Green is listed as questionable but not expected to play because of his toe. Marvin Jones is also expected to remain out. Jonathan Stewart has been upgraded to a game time decision but would make a poor fantasy start if he even plays. Greg Olsen is listed as questionable and missed practice on Thursday while limited in all others but is still expected to play. He was resting his sprained ankle.

The 3-2 Panthers remain atop the NFC South that has no other winning records in it. The 3-1 Bengals are on top of the AFC North having just lost their first game of the year and looking forward to a home game to get back on track.

Carolina Panthers

1 @TB 20-14 10 @PHI —–
2 DET 24-7 11 ATL —–
3 PIT 19-37 12 BYE —–
4 @BAL 10-38 13 @MIN —–
5 CHI 31-24 14 @NO —–
6 @CIN —– 15 TB —–
7 @GB —– 16 CLE —–
8 SEA —– 17 @ATL —–
9 NO —–  
News | Statistics | Roster
CAR @ CIN Rush Catch Pass
QB Cam Newton 10 220,1
WR Kelvin Benjamin 5-70
TE Greg Olsen 5-60,1
PK Graham Gano 3 FG 1 XP

Beating the Bears helped but the Panthers are still a bad offense that suddenly has defensive problems. The upcoming schedule is brutal and this offense is not nearly good enough to mount many comebacks. The Panthers need a weak opponent in order to look good again but there are none coming any time soon.

QUARTERBACK : Cam Newton finally broke out from his one touchdown streak in every game to post two against the Bears with 255 passing yards. But they own one of the weaker secondaries currently and Newton is not adding anything to the till with rushing yards or scores anymore. He can get you an average game or slightly better when the defense is bad. Not much else so far this season.

RUNNING BACK : Jonathan Stewart has been out with a sprained knee and DeAngelo Williams has an ankle sprain. It is not certain if either will be available this week but Stewart is the closest to being ready. The Panthers went with Darrin Reaves (11-35) and recalled Chris Ogbonnaya (7-24, TD) who produced the same low stats as if Stewart and Williams were there. This unit only has two scores on the season and never more than 72 yards by any runner. It continues it’s legacy as one of the worst five backfields in the NFL.

WIDE RECEIVER : Marginal passing stats means low numbers all around and that is no different here. At least Kelvin Benjamin already caught three touchdowns and produced two games where he received 90+ yards. But Benjamin is all alone in concerning a secondary. Jerricho Cotchery usually stays safely below 50 yards and never scores. Jason Avant supplies the only other receiving touchdown back in week two. It either goes through Benjamin or it just doesn’t happen here.

TIGHT END : Greg Olsen remains wonderfully consistent with over 70 yards in all but one game and scores every other week. He’s been a lock for five or six catches each game but only scored in home venues or against the Buccaneers.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Bengals have a solid pass defense that has only allowed a total of four passing touchdowns all year – Newton will do well enough to notch the one he usually throws. And the Bengals at home should shut down this bad rushing attack. The only starts that have any hope of fantasy relevancy here would be Benjamin and maybe Newton in a large league replacing a bye week starter.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points CAR 15 31 14 11 20 10
Preventing Fantasy Points CIN 13 14 6 31 13 4

Cincinnati Bengals

1 @BAL 23-16 10 CLE —–
2 ATL 24-10 11 @NO —–
3 TEN 33-7 12 @HOU —–
4 BYE —– 13 @TB —–
5 @NE 17-43 14 PIT —–
6 CAR —– 15 @CLE —–
7 @IND —– 16 DEN —–
8 BAL —– 17 @PIT —–
9 JAC —–  
News | Statistics | Roster
CIN vs CAR Rush Catch Pass
QB Jared Crick
QB Andy Dalton 230,1
RB Giovani Bernard 60,1 4-30
RB Jeremy Hill 40,1 3-30
WR A.J. Green
WR Brandon LaFell 2-30,1
PK Mike Nugent 2 FG 3 XP

It was all going really really well until the Patriots hit them with a tire iron and stole their wallet. The loss in New England was one of those pre-ordained games that was not going to end well no matter what the Bengals did. it happened and it is over. The other three games were outstanding particularly on defense. A trip to Indianapolis after this week will be tough to be sure. Then home games against the Ravens, Jaguars and Browns.

QUARTERBACK : Andy Dalton is passing far less this year and in the wins, he never had more than one score and just moderate yardage on average. Dalton tossed two scores in the loss to the Patriots but still has just one sack and one interception on the season. He is only airing it out around 24 times each week.

RUNNING BACK : The running backs cleaned up in the two previous home games, combining for 164 rush yards and two scores on the visiting Falcons and then 86 rush yards and three touchdowns on the Titans. Bernard is also adding plenty of receptions as well and already has 19 for 158 yards for Giovani Bernard and five catches for 90 yards for Jeremy Hill. This duo offers a true Thunder and Lightning approach that is working but preventing either from turning in a monster game.

WIDE RECEIVER : Marvin Jones continues to rehab his ankle while Mohamed Sanu once again impressed with five receptions for 70 yards and a score in New England. That was his second score of the year and second game over 70 yards. A.J. Green was out in week two but has scored twice in three games played and never been worse than 81 yards in any game. Jones and Sanu are the only two receivers to have caught a touchdown for the Bengals this year.

TIGHT END : No fantasy value.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: No denying that the Panthers defense has been hard hit with injuries and is not performing as well as in years past. They allowed ten passing touchdowns in five games and two or more in all but one home game. The rushing defense has been poor as well with recent teams breaking 100 total rushing yards and scoring at least once on them if not twice. Expect the same marginal play by Dalton but Green has a chance to matter this week against a secondary that has allowed four touchdowns to the position over just the last two games. Start Bernard, Hill and Green with Sanu being a desperation play.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points CIN 31 9 18 30 12 19
Preventing Fantasy Points CAR 24 30 20 8 9 13

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