The Carolina Panthers 26-20 loss to the Cleveland Browns all but destroyed their hopes for the playoffs. Cam Newton threw for 265 yards (and surpassed 3 https://www.carolinapanthersfanshop.com/Da_Norris-Searcy-Jersey
,000 passing yards for the eighth straight season), but was hindered by his right shoulder. Newton overthrew an open Jarius Wright on 4th and goal at the three yard line with 2:35 left. Then in the final 57 seconds, Newton missed Devin Funchess and was intercepted. Christian McCaffrey, per usual, was a bright spot in a dimming Panthers’ offense. He finished the day with two touchdowns runs and 101 total yards. The New Orleans Saints clinched the NFC South for the second straight year after a 28-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the Saints trailing 14-3 in the 3rd quarter, Taysom Hill provided a momentum-changing blocked punt. After a Drew Brees touchdown and a two-point conversion, the Saints’ defense followed with a pair of sacks. New Orleans consistently applied pressure and recorded their second straight second half shut out. For the first time since 2006 Greg Van Roten Color Rush Jersey
, the Saints have held opponents to 17 points or fewer in five consecutive games.After the Panthers’ fifth straight loss, a win over the Saints won’t be an easy feat. If Carolina is to salvage the season and keep any hope alive for the playoffs, here are the three keys for the Panthers offense to outdo the Saints: Panthers must run the ball: It sounds crazy to run the ball against the top run-defending group in the league. However, there aren’t many options that seem to be working in favor of the Panthers as of late. Newton’s throwing arm is clearly hindering his ability to sling the ball downfield. Despite their many woes, the Panthers still have the NFL’s No. 2 rushing offense. Newton is still a runner and as always, there’s McCaffrey. Over the last five games, McCaffrey has averaged 84.8 yards on the ground https://www.carolinapanthersfanshop.com
, scoring eight total touchdowns. So whether it seems like a viable option or not, stick to what works and run the ball. Avoid third and long: Since Week 10, the Saints have been strong on third-down conversions. Tied for 10th best, New Orleans has allowed first downs on just 35.6% of third-down plays. Considering Newton is struggling with 20+ yard plays, completing nine of 33 attempts, depending on the long ball doesn’t seem realistic. It’s crucial for Carolina to pick up yardage wherever they can to avoid third and long. Provide protection: Defensive end Cameron Jordan is having another Pro Bowl-worthy season. He’s totaled a whopping 12 sacks so far this year. Behind him, defensive lineman Sheldon Rankins has eight and rookie Marcus Davenport has four. In their last five matchups Carolina Panthers Customized Jerseys
, the Saints have forced 12 turnovers as well as 24 sacks. In recent weeks, the Panthers have buckled under pressure and can’t seem to pick up the pieces after turnover situations. With an already injured Newton, it is key for the offensive line to not allow anymore potential harm to his shoulder. Give Newton time to throw to his receivers and make lanes if he must abandon the ball and run. The Panthers will have to depend on themselves for a win. Limiting turnovers and sticking to the run will be key if Carolina is to keep any chance for the playoff alive. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers selected another edge rusher in Alabama’s Christian Miller in the fourth round of the NFL draft before adding running back Jordan Scarlett from Florida in the fifth round.The Panthers traded down in the sixth-round and drafted South Carolina offensive tackle Dennis DaleyMiller is the son Corey Miller, who played nine seasons as a linebacker in the NFL, mostly with the New York Giants.The 6-foot-3, 247-pound Miller only started four games last season for the Crimson Tide but managed 36 tackles Carolina Panthers T-Shirts
, including 8 ½ sacks. He didn’t play in the national championship game loss to Clemson because of a hamstring injury.But the Panthers like his explosiveness and versatility with his ability to drop into coverage.Scarlett started 12 of 13 games last season for Florida, rushing for 776 yards and five touchdowns while catching 10 passes for 84 yards.But his college career has been marred by off-the-field problems.He was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession as a freshman, keeping him out of a bowl game against Michigan. In 2017, he was part of a credit card fraud scandal along with other teammates and was suspended for the entire season.Daley early All-American honors as a sophomore for the Gamecocks.Earlier in the draft, the Panthers selected defensive end Brian Burns from Florida State in the first round, traded up to get left tackle Greg Little from Mississippi in the second and added quarterback Will Grier from West Virginia as a backup for Cam Newton in the third.