Hold your breath, Panthers fans; Carolina has a wonderful opportunity to put together back-to-back road wins.
The Chiefs should absolutely pose very little threat to a Carolina team coming off an impressive victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football.
For the Panthers it should be simple. Despite the short week and travel, Carolina should be riding high coming into this one. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton should also be riding a wave of momentum of his own following his two passing and two rushing touchdowns on Monday that earned him top offensive honors in Week 12.
The Panthers will need to keep all of the positive juices flowing because they could be without running back Jonathan Stewart who suffered a high ankle sprain during Monday’s contest. Stewart is currently listed a “questionable” and at this point don’t expect him to play this Sunday.
So what does all of this mean for the Panthers?
Well, it is indeed simple. Running back DeAngelo Williams will have to carry the load for Carolina’s running attack on Sunday, which might not be a bad thing. Williams has struggled mightily this season and hasn’t started since Week 5 earlier this year. The Chiefs rank 24th in the NFL in rushing defense, which could setup a great opportunity for Williams to get back in the groove with a productive day on the ground and he certainly needs one.
On the flipside, Carolina’s rushing defense ranks 25th in the league, so buttoning up the run defense will be key in order to keep the Chiefs from gaining any kind of momentum that could spark another Panthers’ let down.
Sunday’s matchup should be enjoyable for Panthers fans and another win would go a long way to creating positive traction for 2013.
Robert Kester, Carolina Panthers Columnist. Contact @robertkester1