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Will the Carolina Panthers offense in 2018?

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Will the Carolina Panthers offense in 2018?
March 13, 2019 08:34PM
Is it just me Youth Customized Carolina Panthers Jerseys , or could the Panthers have an awesome offense in 2018? Last year Carolina’s 22.7 points per game ranked 12th in the league despite a sub-par wide receiver corps and several derailing injuries. With free agency and the draft now behind us, let’s look at the changes that could lead to the Panthers ending up with one of the league’s most potent offenses in the upcoming year:What’s betterCam Newton is no longer “rusty” following his March 2017 shoulder surgery.Greg Olsen is healthy after missing nine games last year. Ryan Kalil appears to be healthy after missing 10 games in 2017. C.J. Anderson is an upgrade over Jonathan Stewart (but we still love you here, J-Stew!).The wide receiver corps is upgraded with a healthy Curtis Samuel and the additions of D.J. Moore, Torrey Smith, and Jarius Wright. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner should be a major upgrade over Mike Shula. What’s worseThe departure of All-Pro Andrew Norwell leaves a huge void on the offensive line. What are the wildcardsLeft tackle Matt Kalil is reportedly healthy for the first time in a long time, but as I’ve asked before, will a healthy Matt Kalil be a good Matt Kalil? Will Christian McCaffrey make a Year 2 leap as a rusher? Maybe I’m seeing things with rose-colored glasses www.pantherscheapshop.com , but there are a lot more improvements than declines over last year. If Matt Kalil can rebound and Christian McCaffrey matures as a runner, then the Panthers offense could be downright scary. I’m not alone in being optimistic about the Panthers potential to score points this year. A couple of weeks ago NFL Network’s Willie McGinest said the Panthers are “probably one of the best offenses on paper, talent-wise, in the league.” He then said Carolina’s offense is “top five” in the NFL. That may be a bit of an impromptu hot take on a network with a lot of airtime to fill, but it rings true to me. With better health and upgrades across the offense (minus left guard), the Panthers could definitely improve on their No. 12 scoring rank from a year ago. In 2015 Carolina led the NFL in scoring at 31.3 points per game, propelling them to a 15-1 record and a Super Bowl appearance. Let’s hope history repeats itself.Panthers vs Bengals offensive preview: Preventing turnovers against an opportunistic defense could be the key to victory The Carolina Panthers have endured two tough tests in the beginning weeks of their 2018 campaign. While the Panthers’ offense was able to do just enough to keep the team afloat Carolina Panthers T-Shirt , Carolina fell to the Falcons 31-24 for their first loss of the season. The Panthers’ offense is still adjusting to life after Greg Olsen’s foot injury. Despite the loss, Cam Newton looked solid with a 71.1% pass completion and was able to test things out as he looks for a new safety target.Things won’t get any easier for the Panthers as they take on an undefeated (2-0) Bengals team. The Bengals are coming off a 34-23 win over the Ravens. The Bengals have tallied a total of 68 points in their first games of the season—the second highest point total after the first two games of a season in team history. The Bengals also have a defense to compliment their offense. Their defense may be young, but they’re able to create turnovers in critical moments. Here are the four keys for the Panthers’ offense to defeat the Bengals’ defense:Take Pressure off Newton: It’s tiresome to say, but the injuries on the offensive line is still a huge factor to how the offense is playing. So far, the offensive line has lacked in keeping Newton protected. In a matter of two games, Newton has already been sacked a total of five times (although two of those sacks can be attributed to other factors). The Bengals defense has tallied six sacks, including 4 in their last match-up against the Ravens. Defensive tackle Geno Atkins is one of the best in his position. He’s quick at getting to the quarterback Carolina Panthers Hats , totaling nine tackles and three sacks so far. It’s critical to keep Newton away from one of the most disruptive interior defenders in the league. Carlos Dunlap will be another force to be reckoned with. Between he and Atkins, they have combined for nine quarterback hits so far. Prevent Turnovers: The Bengals have a young defense, but they play like veterans. Cincinnati is tied for No. 2 in the league in turnover margin. They have forced five turnovers—including a scoop and score fumble recovery touchdown that won the game against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1. Of those five turnovers, four of them have resulted in setting up points for the Bengals.Although the Panthers have been fairly good at not turning over the ball (one fumble, one interception), it’ll be key to not allow any mishaps against a team that’s able to capitalize on turnovers.Key in on Christian McCaffrey: Without Olsen, it was clear that McCaffrey was Newton’s safety net against the Falcons. McCaffrey led the team with 14 catches and 102 yards. With defenders like Atkins Carolina Panthers Hoodie , Dunlap, and Jordan Evans, a run game may not be realistic. But the Panthers can utilize McCaffrey in quick passes to keep the momentum going. Get a pass game going: The Bengals’ defense has allowed 836 total offensive yards—695 of those coming through the air. The Panthers’ receiving corps hasn’t been the most efficient on catching passes, but this is the week to get a pass game going. Last week, D.J. Moore scored his first touchdown— a 51-yard catch and run that showed off his amazing skills in space—on his first NFL reception against the Falcons.Devin Funchess was strong in Olsen’s absence bringing in seven of nine targets for 77 yards. The potential for a strong passing game is there. Ultimately, this game will come down to Panthers being able to control ball. The Bengals will come fast and hard. It’s key to give Newton time in the pocket and limit the turnovers.
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