The Patriots vs. Panthers 2015 live stream and televised game arrives as part of the NFL week 3 preseason schedule on Friday night. Among the big stories heading into this game will be a referee who worked as part of the infamous “Deflategate” game officiating tonight’s contest. Both teams will continue to audition prospective players for various roster spots as well. Viewers will get to see New England at Carolina thanks to NFL live streaming online and televised coverage from various sources on Friday evening.
According to NESN.com in their Aug. 28 report, referee Clete Blakeman will be working tonight’s game at Bank of America Stadium. Blakeman is known extensively for those who have read the Wells Report in reference to the Deflategate saga involving the allegations that the Patriots’ had footballs not filled to their maximum capacity with air for a playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts. Reportedly, Blakeman and another alternate official, Tyrol Prioleau, both tested the air pressure of the footballs at halftime. Eventually all 11 of the Pats’ footballs were found to be under-inflated.
Blakeman was also the referee back when the Pats played the Panthers in 2013 during Week 11. Apparently he made a disputed non-call during the closing moments of that game which led to the Pats ultimately losing the game. So that sets up an interesting story heading into tonight’s game, which is really just a preseason game with not as much on the line as a regular season or postseason game. The two teams will likely audition some of their starters during the game, but it’s expected that mostly backups will be taking plays during this non-essential contest.
Odds makers have this matchup as a close one with Carolina favored by a point at several books. It may be a “pick” situation at some books. Tonight’s over/under points total is set around 44 points for the complete game. Future odds have New England among the top three favorites to win the 2016 Super Bowl with odds of 17 to 2, which is tied with Indianapolis and behind only Green Bay and Seattle. The Panthers, led by Cam Newton, are listed as 60 to 1 longshots to win it all, right with the Detroit Lions, Houston Texans and St. Louis Rams.
Friday’s Patriots vs. Panthers NFL preseason game has a scheduled start time of 7:30 p.m. EST. Live television coverage for New England area residents is available through WBZ-CBS 4, and for Carolina home area residents through WCCB-CW 18. Live streaming online can be seen with an NFL Game Pass subscription, which is also available for a one week trial deal at this time, allowing for the viewing of multiple games. Live audio commentary is available to Sirius XM Satellite Radio subscribers on channels 83 and 132.