Week 14 vs the Carolina Panthers
There are a number of questions that Carolina has to answer. Some deal with depth, while others focus on the amount of production they are getting at different positions. Hopefully, for Cleveland’s sake, some of their problems linger into the last quarter of the season.
Carolina has left guard concerns up front. If Cam Newton goes down with an injury, their backup situation is not ideal for any NFL team, which could open up more opportunities for Myles Garrett, Emmanuel Ogbah, and others. Even if Newton is healthy, Cleveland’s front seven is very good and is only going to get better. Newton should have a difficult time making plays on a consistent basis.
Speaking of making plays, who is going to be on the receiving end of making those plays when Cleveland locks down on Greg Olsen? Christian McCaffrey is a poor man’s, Duke Johnson. While Johnson makes plays anywhere he lines up, that is not the case yet for Carolina’s 2017 first rounder.
Carolina’s receiving corps is solid and against many teams, they put up stats that should win games. Against Cleveland’s defensive backs though, those stats should be severely under their average with Damarious Randall, Denzel Ward, and others doing their job. A defensive battle should be the best way to describe this game.