With the first part of this installment completed, the Carolina Panthers look to make it to the playoffs this year. Will they maintain their .500 record? Keep reading to find out!
Let’s take a look at the second 4 games of the Carolina Panthers regular season in the second installment of the pre-camp predictions.
Week 5: October 8th @ Detroit Lions
With the Carolina Panthers at this point at a predicted 2-2, now comes a bold prediction. Tie game. With the reduced overtime period from 15 to 10 minutes, more tie games could be on the NFL’s horizon. Both teams are fairly even in terms of offense and defense, whilst the Carolina Panthers’ run game is a bit stronger, Detroit’s defense allows less points per game than Carolina’s. Regardless of tie or no tie, this game will come down to the last few minutes.
Week 6: October 12th vs Philadelphia Eagles
Another game that could be completely flipped on it’s head with key players getting injured, this game between the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles looks to be another game that could go either way. Both Cam Newton and Carson Wentz had 14 INTs last season, whilst Newton had three more TDs despite throwing for 200 less yards. This offensive effectiveness that Carolina has improved on in the off-season, and the improvement to the offensive roster gives the nod to Carolina by a small margin. Having home field advantage definitely boosts their chances in this game.
Week 7: October 22nd @ Chicago Bears
Have the Bears figured out who their starting quarterback will definitely be? Carolina has lost three out of the last four meetings between the two teams, but expect Carolina’s defense to come up big in this game and get in the heads of the Bears’ offense. The Bears will look to lock Newton in the pocket, however with the addition of McCaffrey and Samuel, the myriad of plausible receivers will allow Newton to get some short passes to keep the chains moving.
Week 8: October 29th @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Another hotly contestable game this time in Tampa. While Newton and the Carolina Panthers will look to earn their fifth win of the season, the Buccaneers have seemed to find a long-term QB with Jameis Winston settling in as their starting QB. In addition, with Winston showering O.J. Howard with high praise for a rookie tight end, the Buc’s seem to be gelling well in the off-season, and could challenge for the NFC South title. Winner: Buccaneers.
Stay tuned for parts 3 and 4 of the Game-by-Game predictions of the Panthers regular season.