Mac's Keys To Victory vs The Dolphins

The Mac Attack
November 13, 2017 - 7:05 am

Despite going through issues with injuries to Cam Newton, Greg Olsen, Ryan Kalil and Luke Kuechly, the Panthers still will be 7-3 heading into the bye week with a win on Monday Night Football. 

Here is how they get that W...

1) Don't Turn it Over- The Panthers are 3-0 when they win the turnover battle.  
They have struggled with TOs this year. They are 26th in the NFL in protecting the football. The good news is that Miami is 28th at forcing TOs.  Protect the football and the Panthers most likely win.

2) Cam Newton and the run game-  Yes, I phrased it that way for a reason.  Cam is once again the key to the run attack.  He is averaging 63 yards per game in his best 4 year rushing streak in 5 seasons.  When he gets it going, it opens things up for others.  The problem is that Miami is 7th in the NFL in run defense and they have given up a league low 14 yards rushing to QBs this year.  But, they haven't faced a dynamic QB like Cam.

3) Stop the Run- They Dolphins have a new look backfield after their trade of Pro Bowler runner Jay Ajayi.  Damien Williams and Kenyan Drake led this Phins to 4.8 ypc last week vs Oakland.  But, the Panthers run defense is a different animal.  They are 2nd in the NFL in run defense.  And, if they stop the run, then they can tee off on Jay Cutler.

4) Pressure Cutler- ​Cutler has the highest INT percentage for a career among current NFL starters.  To get him to give the ball up, the Panthers will want to put pressure on him.  The Cats are 3rd in sacks per game and 2nd in sack percentage.  And, Cutler has the 23rd highest QB rating this season when under pressure.  They might want to keep dialing up the blitzes too.  Cutler has been sacked on 20 percent of all blitzes since the start of last year.

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