I was curious about the rushing vs passing because I remember us going heavy on the run vs TB last year. Based on the stats (see below), it was actually fairly balanced, but they gave up a lot more on the ground in the second game. It'll be interesting to see what the approach is this time.
My personal hunch is the Panthers are going to try and ground and pound with a few deep balls to keep the defense honest (classic Air Coryell style). Murphy is a speedster, so he might have a role in stretching the defense, but I suspect we are going to be more focused on the ground game tomorrow.
Game 1 vs TB last year
35 Pass attempts for 232 yards (includes Legs pass to Newton)
39 Rushing attempts for 163 yards
Game 2 vs TB last year
29 Pass attempts for 171 yards
31 Rushing attempts for 270 yards
I think we will pass to get the lead and run to keep it