Some things have changed in the three years since the Carolina Panthers and Cincinnati Bengals last met. Others have stayed the same. Cam Newton is no longer a struggling rookie quarterback for the Panthers, and Andy Dalton has established himself as a legitimate threat at QB for the Bengals. Yet the Bengals once again enter today’s Panthers game as favorites, hoping to make it four wins in a row against Carolina.
Last week the Bengals lost big (17-43) to the Patriots. Though demoralizing, the loss was something most experts predicted the Bengals would shake off. Losing wide receiver A.J. Green for today’s Panthers game will be harder to get over.
Green caught 5 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown against the Patriots. He could have had a big day today against the Panthers’ secondary, which is giving up 238.8 yards per game passing. The Bengals listed Green as “questionable” for today’s Panthers game, but sources told ESPN Friday that he’ll watch today’s Panthers Bengals game from the sideline with a toe injury.
While the Bengals’ Dalton will have one less receiving target, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton may be getting a reprieve. Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart returned to practice Thursday and may find his way into a few series in today’s Bengals game.
Stewart had rushed for 88 yards and caught 7 passes for 58 yards before missing the past two games with a knee strain. Cincinnati is ranked 27th against the run, so with Cam Newton as a dual-threat QB and Stewart potentially in the lineup, the Panthers could exploit the Bengals on the ground like the Patriots’ Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen did in last week’s victory.
Here’s what you need to know to watch Panthers vs Bengals game live online free streaming today:
- Kickoff for Today’s Panthers vs Bengals game: 1:00pm EST / 10:00 am PST
- Venue: Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati Bengals are the home team)
- Who’s favored / point spread before you watch the Panthers vs Bengals game: Cincinnati is a 7-point favorite
- Live stream the Panthers / Bengals game on FOX Sports here
- Watch live free online on the DirecTV website here (requires an NFL Sunday Ticket subscription with MAX package)