5 Reasons Why Carolina Panthers Might Lose in Week 2
Carolina Panthers May Lose in Week Two: 5 Reasons Why
The Carolina Panthers are slowly but surely making a comeback from being worst team in the NFL in 2010. Since drafting quarterback Cam Newton, the Panthers have been on the rise improving every year. This year is expected to be no different. Last season, the Panthers finished with a 7-9 record but second place in the division. This season, they are expected to compete in the toughest division in the NFL for first place.
In Week 1, the Panthers had a difficult matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. Although the Panthers lost, they showed great potential and skill on the defense. With the positive notes came the negative ones as well. The Panthers have an easier team to face this upcoming week, but they still have a lot to prepare for. The Buffalo Bills have a good team and a quarterback that hasn’t demonstrated all his abilities.
The Panthers should be the favorite in this week’s match-up, but no one knows for sure. Just like the Panthers, Buffalo played an amazing team in Week 1. They played and almost beat the New England Patriots, but fell just short, losing 21-23. Bills star running back C.J. Spiller had a quiet day, rushing for only 41 yards on 17 attempts. This was also Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel’s first game in the NFL, so his expectations weren’t that high. Even with a slow start to Spiller and a true rookie quarterback, the Bills put up one heck of a fight. There are five reasons why the Bills will be able to complete an upset against the Panthers.
The turnover ratio is always a huge factor in a game. It is close to impossible for a team to win the game and have a worse turnover ratio than the opponent. The biggest key on offense is to protect the football. On defense, it’s the opposite. The Panthers defense need takeaways to give their offense plenty of chances to get down the field. If the Bills win the turnover game, expect them to get the win at home.
Another reason the Panthers could fall in Week 2 is due to injuries. Carolina has a great team, but their roster doesn’t have great depth except for the linebacker position. If a starter goes down, the Panthers could be in for some trouble.
3. Too Slow
The Panthers' offense works at too slow of a pace. They can’t seem to get any spark going in their offense. The Panthers need to be unpredictable in their play-calling because it helps throw off the defense. If the Panthers play simple, reserved and slow, expect many three-and-outs from the offense and a low scoring game for them.
2. Need to Spread the Ball Around
The Panthers need to involve more players on offense. In Week 1, only six players saw the football on offense. If Newton can find more options, it will open up the defense and hopefully open up the run game. Otherwise, expect the Bills' defense to take it to the Panthers and force turnovers.
1. Special Teams
The last reason that always seems to get over looked is special teams. It’s the coverage team on punts and kick offs that could make or break a team. If Buffalo out shines the Panthers on special teams, expect it to affect the outcome of the game significantly.