Panthers vs Lions: Game Pick - A battle of the 3-1's

Posted October 09, 2017

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin caught 4 passes for 58 yards and a touchdown in Week 5's win over the Detroit Lions.

The Panthers were winning behind their defense, but they had to outscore New England after the defense allowed 30 points.

He was 26 of 33 for a season-high 335 yards.

"He's getting healthier", Rivera said. I really think so.

"We just have to get into a rhythm earlier on offense. I think both those guys with their skill sets are a risky combination".

It's pretty good for the Panthers, too.

Carolina holds a half-game lead over the idle Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South. However, the Lions defense is a bigger challenge than what the Panthers saw in week 4. That's why I expect the Lions to win. That was the most receiving yards he's had in a season since catching 25 passes for 273 yards in 2013 while a member of the Ravens. He went out late in the game with an ankle injury, but was cleared for a full practice on Thursday. Lions coach Jim Caldwell, when asked about Stafford's injury, wouldn't give much of an indication of what's ailing him.

"There's still a lot to work on", said Panthers rookie running back Christian McCaffrey, who had his first National Football League touchdown on Sunday. Newton averaged 188.7 yards passing and gained a total 46 rushing yards while throwing twice as many interceptions as touchdowns in the Panthers' first three outings this season. The Panthers have won both of those games. In what looked like a cushy matchup with the Saints in Week 3, Newton threw for 167 yards, 6.42 YPA, zero touchdowns and three picks. Dickson had catch-and-runs of 64 and 57 yards in the first half, and might have scored on the first one if he hadn't lost a cleat.

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford enjoys seeing Newton at his best, except when he's facing the Lions.

And he turned up for this weekend's match with a Rosie the Riveter badge on his black fedora.

Cam has been under fire recently for making a sexist comment about a female reporter. "I just wanted to have a good notion and shout-out to all the strong women".

"Rosie the Riveter" was an image featured in a campaign by the US government to recruit female workers during World War II.

Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue was not at the game and is taking "some time off", according to Mike Persinger, the executive sports editor of the newspaper.

'It's amusing to hear a female talk about routes's amusing, ' he said on Wednesday.

Rodrigue revealed on Twitter that she had confronted Newton, 28, on his comments following the conference, adding that the situation only deteriorated from there.