Keys To Victory vs The Vikings

The Mac Attack
December 08, 2017 - 7:16 am

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For the 2nd straight week, the Panthers  will face one of the best teams in the NFC.  Will things be any better this time around.  Maybe, if they can do these things........

1) Don't get behind- It sounds simple.  But, the Panthers are not a team designed to make rallies.  last week, they fell behind and OC Mike Shula gave up on the run game and the RBs only had 3 carries in the 2nd half. 

The Pass Protection declines too when this team is behind and has no choice but to drop back and pass.

2) Run the ball with everyone- Ok, so I am not saying to hand the ball off to Ryan Kalil (who is back this week BTW) but Cam, the backs and the wide receivers should all be involved in the run game this week. 

The Vikes are 2nd in rush defense and are very aggressive up frobt.  Some misdirection runs could be the way to combat that.

3) Defense needs it's A game back- In the last 3 games, the Panther defense is giving up 30 ppg and in the last 4 they have yielded 365 yards a game after giving up 264 yards per game in the first 8 contests. 

Minnesota is 2nd in the NFL in defense. Carolina needs to match their Defensive effort.

4) Field Position- ​HC Ron Rivera talked about it all week.  This could be one of those games that is a grind it out affair that a man like John Fox would love. 

In those games, field position can often be the deciding factor.  Michael Palardy and the punt coverage and protecting the football will be important.

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