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#1 Posted : Tuesday, December 3, 2019 1:36:41 AM(UTC)

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The Panthers lost in embarrassing fashion to the Steelers last Thursday night Thomas Davis Color Rush Jersey , but the one small sliver of hope to take away from that experience is that running back Christian McCaffrey had a pretty decent night. He rushed for 77 yards and one touchdown, and he caught five passes for 61 yards and two touchdowns. His totals for the night were 19 touches for 138 yards and three touchdowns. That’s not bad, right? It’s a shame that none of his teammates went to Pittsburgh with him. If they did that disaster of a game may have ended differently.I’m sure you’re wondering what this has to do with the Panthers upcoming game against the Lions. Well, it’s pretty simple. The Lions are a bad defensive team. They’re also a team who are coming off three straight losses (34-22 to the Bears, 24-9 to the Vikings and 28-14 to the Seahawks). What do those three games have in common other than Lions fans being unhappy with the result? If you guessed ‘the Lions gave up a lot of points’ you would be correct! The Lions are currently giving up an average of 27.1 points per game, which places them at No. 28 in the league. That’s bad. The Panthers are currently No. 9 in points per game on offense (26.8 ppg) so they should have an advantage here. So how do the Panthers put up enough points to leave Detroit with a win? Let’s take a look at three keys to the offense that could give Carolina the edge.Run the dang ballThe Lions are bad at stopping the run. They currently rank No. 28 in rushing yards allowed per game because they are letting their opponents gain an average of 132.7 yards per game on the ground. The Panthers are No. 3 in the league in rushing offense, averaging 138.4 rushing yards per game. The Panthers also happen to have the best rushing quarterback in the league under center. They should probably let him run a few times on Sunday.The Lions are already bad at stopping the run, and to make matters worse for them there’s a chance they’ll be without their stud defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson. If Robinson is unable to play https://www.carolinapanthersfanshop.com/Cameron-Artis-Payne-Jersey , the Panthers will have a much easier time controlling the ground game, and if the Panthers can establish the run early and get McCaffrey into a groove, there’s a good chance they’ll leave the Motor City with a 7-3 record.Take chances in the passing gameThe Lions are also bad at stopping the pass. While they rank No. 8 in passing yards per game allowed, they’re susceptible to big plays. They currently rank No. 29 in the league in yards allowed per pass attempt. Teams are averaging 7.4 yards per pass attempt against them, so if the Panthers’ offensive line can give Cam Newton enough time to find receivers down field, there will be opportunities to get big chunks of yards through the air to complement their strong running game.Get creativeThe Panthers have seen positive results lately when they’ve used creativity on offense. They have a solid group of playmakers they can use in multiple looks to take advantage of confused defenses. Guys like McCaffrey, D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel can be weaponized as receivers or runners, and when all three of them are on the field at the same time the defense has to hesitate to figure out a) who has the football https://www.carolinapanthersfanshop.com/J.J.-Jansen-Jersey , and b) what they’re going to do with it. Using pre-snap motions and post-snap reverses and fakes are a good way to exploit the Lions’ defense and put them in a reactionary position. If that happens, the Panthers have a much better chance of winning. We haven’t even talked about guys like Greg Olsen or Devin Funchess yet, both of which can also be used down the seams when the defense cheats towards the line of scrimmage to try and shut down the running game.Anything can happen when these two teams suit up and take the field, but if we were to judge this game strictly on what the stats show on paper, there should be no reason the Panthers aren’t able to put up enough points to leave Detroit with a win on Sunday. Whether that actually happens is yet to be seen, but based on the information we have at our disposal, I like their chances.Lions team rankings courtesy of ESPN and Pro Football Reference.Panthers team rankings courtesy of Pro Football Reference. The Panthers went out of their way to state the obvious after they drafted West Virginia quarterback Will Grier over the weekend: Cam Newton is their quarterback.Grier knows — and accepts — his role.“You do what is best for the team in all aspects,” Grier said Wednesday https://www.carolinapanthersfanshop.com/Mike-Adams-Jersey , via Steve Reed of the Associated Press. “That’s really what I am here to do is to support Cam and be there for him and push him and make him better and be there for anything he needs. But also, my job is to be ready to go when my name is called.”Grier, who grew up in Davidson, North Carolina, just outside Charlotte, threw for 3,864 yards and 37 touchdowns last season. The Panthers used a third-round choice on Grier, the first time they have drafted a quarterback since taking Newton No. 1 overall in 2011.Newton https://www.carolinapanthersfanshop.com/Matt-Kalil-Jersey , who turns 30 later this month, is coming off shoulder surgery. The Panthers report Newton is showing more flexibility in his rehab, but he has yet to throw a pass.
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