Bengals vs Panthers Game Preview: Who Wins?

The Bengals and Panthers will meet in a battle of division rivals on Sunday afternoon. Both teams stumbled out of the bye, with the Panthers losing to the Saints and the Bengals dropping a game to the Titans, who were playing with backup quarterbacks at the time. Both teams have gotten healthier since then, but neither team has won since. The Panthers are 3-4 after their loss to the Saints, and they’ll be playing at home against this same opponent from two weeks ago. The Bengals are 2-5, with both wins coming against divisional opponents who are also below. 500 (Ravens and Browns). This is a big game for both teams... so let’s dive into our final Bengals vs Panthers preview with everything you need to know about this Week 8 match.

The Bengals and Panthers will meet in a battle of division rivals on Sunday afternoon. Both teams stumbled out of the bye, with the Panthers losing to the Saints and the Bengals dropping a game to the Titans, who were playing with backup quarterbacks at the time. Both teams have gotten healthier since then, but neither team has won since. The Panthers are 3-4 after their loss to the Saints, and they’ll be playing at home against this same opponent from two weeks ago. The Bengals are 2-5, with both wins coming against divisional opponents who are also below .500 (Ravens and Browns). This is a big game for both teams. so let’s dive into our final Bengals vs Panthers preview with everything you need to know about this Week 8 matchup.

Who wins the game?

This is a tough call. The Bengals have the better defense, but the Panthers have the better offense. The Panthers are at home, but they just lost to the same team from two weeks ago. This game comes down to quarterback play, and we don’t know if Andy Dalton or Cam Newton will play better. Newton has been a turnover machine this season, but he’s also had a tough schedule. Dalton has put up big numbers, but his defense has been responsible for two of his wins. This could go either way, and it’s impossible to say right now. It’ll probably come down to which team makes the fewest mistakes, and which team gets lucky.

Final score prediction

This game is too close to call. It could go either way, and it’s possible that neither team ends up winning in the end. This is one of those games where there’s a chance the score ends up being in the single digits. Both defenses are good, and it’s hard to see either offense doing much in this game. We’ll go with a 24-21 Bengals win in this game. Neither team will do enough to win by more than seven points, but the Bengals will still come out on top.

Bengals' key to victory

The Bengals need to control the game defensively. They’re at home, and they have a better defense than the Panthers, so they need to take control of the game. They need to get after Cam Newton, get turnovers and put this game away early. This is a game where the Bengals need to play the game defensively, and they don’t need to try to outscore Carolina in order to win this game. The Bengals need to take care of the ball on offense, and they also need to win the turnover battle. If they can do all of that, they’ll win this game easily.

Panther's key to victory

The Panthers need to put up points. Sure, the defense will play a role in helping them get a win, but the Panthers need to put points on the board. This is a game where the Panthers can’t be content to play defense and try to win low-scoring. They need to score points and take advantage of their offensive weapons. They have Christian McCaffrey, who is probably the best running back in the NFL. They also have a slew of wide receivers like D.J. Moore, Torrey Smith, and Curtis Samuel. This is a game where the Panthers need to put up points. They can’t be content to just win on defense and hope the Bengals screw up offensively.

Fantasy Football takeaway

If you own either of these quarterbacks, you should start them. Both of these teams are below .500, so you should be expecting a low-scoring game regardless of which QB is playing. If you own McCaffrey or any other Panthers RB, you should start them. The Bengals are below average-against the run, and McCaffrey should get plenty of work in this game. If you own any Bengals or Panthers WR, you should start them. Both wide receivers and tight ends have been putting up good numbers all season, so there’s no reason to think that changes in this game. If you own any Bengals or Panthers defenders, you should start them. The Bengal's defense is better than the Panther's defense, and both of these teams have been giving up points to opposing defenses.

Bottom of the Barrel Games Doesn’t Get Any Easier from Here

After this one, the Bengals hit the road to play the Chiefs and the Panthers play the Seahawks. The Bengals have a bye week after that, and then they have a trip to New Orleans to play the Saints, who are currently undefeated. The Panthers play the Seahawks (who are below average but still a tough team), the Redskins (who are tied for first in the NFC East), and the Buccaneers. The Bengals will be lucky to win one of those games, and the Panthers will be lucky to win two of their next three games. Neither team is in playoff contention anymore, and this game will be a nice way to cap off the season for both teams.

Conclusion

The Bengals and Panthers don’t like each other, and this is a game that both teams will be extra motivated to win. This is a tough game to call, but it’ll be a great game regardless of who ends up winning. These two teams are similar in terms of talent, coaching, and scheme, so it should be a close game. We can’t say who will win with any certainty, but one thing is for sure: it’ll be a great game. If you’ve read this far, you’re probably either a big football fan or you’re just bored at work. Either way, we appreciate you reading our final Bengals vs Panthers preview.

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