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The football season is (finally) upon us.

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The football season is (finally) upon us.
March 13, 2019 10:43PM
On Sunday Carolina Panthers Hats , the Panthers kick things off with a home game versus the Cowboys. Both teams on paper match up fairly. Like the Panthers, the Cowboys are battling their own set of injuries on the offensive line. Both teams sport a quarterback able to control the game and both have a defense that’s talented. But the one position that could control tempo of the game for either team is running back. Ezekiel Elliott battled the drama of a looming six-game suspension last season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Elliott faced his suspension the latter half of the season but not without making some noise first. In a matter of 10 games, Elliott managed to rush for 983 yards. He’s fast, he has power, he has agility, and he’s one of the best in the NFL. There’s also no doubt about it, Elliott will be ready to play on Sunday and he’ll be running harder than ever. The Cowboys have an up and coming quarterback in Dak Prescott. However, Prescott doesn’t have the same talent at wide receiver he once had with the release of Dez Bryant in the offseason. Dallas has a young receiver in Michael Gallup and their other option is Allen Hurns — a former Jaguars standout. If things go faulty, Cowboys will have to rely heavily on Elliott. Thankfully for the Panthers Carolina Panthers Hoodie , they have one of the best defenders in the league in Luke Kuechly. Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said in the offseason that he’d like to see Christian McCaffrey get 25-30 touches per game. It’s also clear that first year offensive coordinator Norv Turner anticipates a running back who can tear up a defense on every down. Christian McCaffrey can run routes and run the ball out of the backfield. He is versatile in terms of style. Cam Newton can throw and he can run. Unfortunately for Newton, he’s now backed up by a patchwork version of an offensive line. DeMarcus Lawrence is a beast of a defensive end and is Dallas’ best defensive player. Last season, Lawrence had a career high 14.5 sacks and is looking for another stellar season. Newton will be pressured and he could be stopped if Taylor Moton doesn’t play his part. In turn, CMC could be the game changer if things don’t go well in the air. With pressure in the air for both teams, there will be plenty of running on the field. Whoever can utilize their run game better will likely take the win. The Panthers have failed to execute in a consistent way over the last two weeks. While the coaching staff certainly deserves criticism, the players need to make plays as well. The coaches may not have done their best, but some players have failed just as much.Devin Funchess vs. Jalen Mills/Ronald DarbyThe Panthers passing game has been spotty at best. While they’ve tried to get DJ Moore some more snaps and claim to want to give Curtis Samuel more opportunities, ultimately Cam Newton’s most trusted receiver has been Devin Funchess. And last week, good things happened when they got him the ball. The Eagles vaunted front seven is going to cause problems for Cam Newton and the rushing game Customized Carolina Panthers Jerseys , meaning Newton will need a safety valve. Funchess should be heavily involved as a down field threat and a chain mover. They just need to give him opportunities to succeed.Chris Clark vs. Derek Barnett/Michael BennettChris Clark has been surprising, in that he hasn’t been completely terrible as a left tackle after being signed off the streets. The offense has schemed away from him so that he isn’t required to try and stonewall the opposing team’s best pass rusher. However, of all parts of this offensive line, Clark has been by far the weakest link. Clark will face some high end talent on Sunday, and the Eagles are going to go after him. I don’t expect him to stop them completely, but if he can keep himself between Newton and the rushers, the offense may stand a chance.Captain Munnerlyn vs. Nelson AgholorWhile the premier matchup may be James Bradberry vs. Alshon Jeffrey, Nelson Agholor in the slot could be a game breaker. Ever since moving to the slot, Agholor has been as effective as ever. And the guy he faces off against will be Munnerlyn www.authenticscarolinapanthers.com , who has played better as of late but still remains the weak link of the corners. Munnerlyn is scrappy, and will make him work for it. But the Eagles would be crazy not to work the slot as often as possible, meaning Munnerlyn needs to show up.Julius Peppers/Wes Horton vs. Lane JohnsonWith Jason Peters hampered by a bicep injury, I’d expect Philly to leave Johnson one on one with the Panthers defensive ends on his side. Wes Horton continues to play well, while Peppers logged his first sack last week. The Panthers pass rush will be helpful, but locking down that edge could be even more important. The Panthers have struggled against perimeter runs, and they need to set the edge against this strong offense. They need Horton and Peppers to come in swinging.What matchups are you watching?
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