CHARLOTTE, NC, Sporting Alert – Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers will try to extend the best start in franchise history when they take on the Indianapolis Colts in Monday Night Football.
Newton has guided the Panthers to a 6-0 start to the season and will be hoping to move to 7-0 where they will join the Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots and Denver Broncos on the list of teams which have won seven straight to start the season.
Carolina, which is one of four teams still undefeated this term, will also be seeking to pull further away from the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South Division, in addition to cementing an advantage over Green Bay in the conference, following the Packers’ defeat to the Broncos on Sunday.
The Indianapolis Colts (3-4) are finding it difficult to get back into winning gear after dropping two straight which keeps pumping lives into the likes of Houston and Jacksonville in the AFC South title race.
It will be interesting to see if quarterback Andrew Luck will play in this game for the Colts, following reports that he has been playing through “multiple fractured ribs.”
Luck is not listed among the injured players for the Monday Night Football game and the Colts have not commented on the media circulations.
Luck had so far thrown for 1398 yards and 11 touchdowns, but has been picked off nine times already this season.
ESPN reported over the weekend that the NFL has plans to look into the ongoing reports, as it “could be a violation of the league’s injury report policy.”
This is not good news for head coach Chuck Pagano, who is already under intense pressure to pick his team up as he could be sacked if the Colts fail to impress against the Panthers.
Heading into this game, the Panthers are sitting first in the league for rushing yards, at 144.7 per game, while sitting in the top five of points for and points against on the season.
The Panthers are a 5-point favourites to beat the Colts, with the OVER/UNDER sitting at 45.5.
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Monday, November 2
Indianapolis at Carolina 8:30 PM
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte