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This Sunday the Carolina Panthers try to bring their record up to .500 for the second time in head coach Ron Rivera's career.

To do so, the Panthers defense will need to stifle Sam Bradford and the Cleveland Los Angeles St Louis Rams offense.

The Rams are not a particularly good offensive team. They currently rank 23rd in total offense. By comparison, the Giants offense (who the Panthers shut out a few weeks ago) ranks 15th in the league. Carolina should be able to hold the Rams to under 10 points. Here is how....

- Apply pressure from the front four. This really is the key to this game. Sam Bradford currently has a 90.7 passer rating. That rating drops to 57.1 when playing under pressure. However, when being blitzed, Bradford scores a 112.1. This means that the Rams are a team well prepared for the blitz. The Panthers must apply pressure to Bradford while keeping its defensive backfield in tact. Carolina has the personnel on the defensive line to do so, lets hope for another Eli Manning'esque feeding frenzy.

- St Louis appears to have elevated Zac Stacy as their featured running back. Zac Stacy is the Rams version of Deangelo Williams at 5'8 and 215 pounds. This is actually an advantage for the Panthers defense, having faced Deangelo in practice throughout the week. Like Deangelo, Stacy is looking to find space to run and won't break many tackles. The Panthers linebackers have the speed and tackling ability to neutralize him provided they keep him contained on the edges.

Overall, he Rams are coming off of a road win over the Texans provided by their Defense and Special Teams. It will be an extremely difficult task for them to win two consecutive road games.

If the focused Carolina Panthers show up on Sunday, this should be an easy win.

If the unfocused Carolina Panthers show up on Sunday, well, we all know how that will end.

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Do we win with the blue jerseys? I feel like we lose in those

 

Blue, white, black, black-on-black... never really made much of a difference before. 

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Do we win with the blue jerseys? I feel like we lose in those

we don't discriminate. we lose in every color. no such thing as a lucky or unlucky jersey color here.

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This Sunday the Carolina Panthers try to bring their record up to .500 for the first time in head coach Ron Rivera's career.

 

To do so, the Panthers defense will need to stifle Sam Bradford and the Cleveland Los Angeles St Louis Rams offense.

 

The Rams are not a particularly good offensive team. They currently rank 23rd in total offense. By comparison, the Giants offense (who the Panthers shut out a few weeks ago) ranks 15th in the league. Carolina should be able to hold the Rams to under 10 points. Here is how....

 

- Apply pressure from the front four. This really is the key to this game. Sam Bradford currently has a 90.7 passer rating. That rating drops to 57.1 when playing under pressure. However, when being blitzed, Bradford scores a 112.1. This means that the Rams are a team well prepared for the blitz. The Panthers must apply pressure to Bradford while keeping its defensive backfield in tact. Carolina has the personnel on the defensive line to do so, lets hope for another Eli Manning'esque feeding frenzy.

 

- St Louis appears to have elevated Zac Stacy as their featured running back. Zac Stacy is the Rams version of Deangelo Williams at 5'8 and 215 pounds. This is actually an advantage for the Panthers defense, having faced Deangelo in practice throughout the week. Like Deangelo, Stacy is looking to find space to run and won't break many tackles. The Panthers linebackers have the speed and tackling ability to neutralize him provided they keep him contained on the edges.

 

Overall, he Rams are coming off of a road win over the Texans provided by their Defense and Special Teams. It will be an extremely difficult task for them to win two consecutive road games.

 

If the focused Carolina Panthers show up on Sunday, this should be an easy win.

 

If the unfocused Carolina Panthers show up on Sunday, well, we all know how that will end.

 

I agree 100% with you that the key on defense is getting pressure without blitzing.

 

Even though our back 4 have played valiantly in several games this season, they are still a young and vulnerable bunch.  If we have to get blitz happy ot get pressure it WILL expose them and Bradford is fully capable of making them pay.

 

On offense, I see a well balance attack again....much like the Vikings game.

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Do we win with the blue jerseys? I feel like we lose in those

We rarely win in any jersey...but the blue jerseys are my favorite.

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No...that doesn't count

It doesn't count because Zod said it doesn't count it? If espn made that statement everybody's panties would be in a bunch. 1-1 is .500 doesn't matter if you want to count it or not. What he should have said is:The team can reach .500 for the first time since starting 1-1 last season. That's more accurate.

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