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#1 Zod

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 05:25 AM

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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Posted 16 October 2013 - 05:47 AM

I'd like to see us put two games in the record books back to back this year. One of the many keys to winning is consistency...

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 05:53 AM

We're wearing the blue jerseys, so, yeah, there's that.



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 05:59 AM

We're wearing the blue jerseys, so, yeah, there's that.

 

Blue Jerseys?! Superbowl



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 06:15 AM

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

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 06:21 AM

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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Posted 16 October 2013 - 06:33 AM

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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Posted 16 October 2013 - 06:52 AM

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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Posted 16 October 2013 - 06:53 AM

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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Posted 16 October 2013 - 06:54 AM

Uh we started out 1-1 last year is that not .500?

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 06:56 AM

Uh we started out 1-1 last year is that not .500?


No...that doesn't count

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 07:00 AM

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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Posted 16 October 2013 - 07:01 AM

Facts Schmacts

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 07:05 AM

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

 

we don't have a winning record in any color........



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 07:05 AM

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.


Or .500 they started 0-0 this season.



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