After one of the worst losses in their history, the Carolina Panthers travel to the motor city to take on the Detroit Lions. I don’t remember much about last Thursday’s game, to be honest. I have wiped most of it from my memory. What is left is a vague sense of impotence and ineptitude that I am sure correctly conveys the evening. That said, it is time to look ahead to Detroit.
The Detroit Lions have one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. This should be music to the ears of the Carolina Panthers who need to rely on Christian McCaffrey and Cam Newton for the bulk of their offense. This is also great news for the Carolina Panthers defense ( I assume they still have a defense, I have no memory of any from the last game). If the Panthers can run the ball and keep the defense off the field, it is a win-win-win.
Cam Newton can usually be relied on to rally a team after a dismantling loss. Look for him to have one of the better games of his career this Sunday.
Should the Carolina Panthers defense decide to show up for this game, they will have a much easier task at hand than in Pittsburgh. Detroit doesn’t do anything particularly well as a football team. They are well below average in both running and passing. Throw in the fact that the Carolina Panthers have had ten days to prepare, and well, things should go in Carolina’s favor.
This need’s to be a statement game for the defense. If the Carolina Panthers want to restore any faith in their fan base about their “contender” status, they need to shut Detroit down from start to finish. Allowing 30+ points to Detroit will only worsen fears, and for good reason. Pray that doesn’t happen.
Carolina Panthers – 38
Detroit Lions – 20Agree? Disagree? You can sound off right here with thousands of Carolina Panthers fans.