Carolina Panthers vs Tennessee Titans : Carolina Panthers (4-3) quarterback Cam Newton recently received a second opinion on his foot injury and remains sidelined from game action. As the season progresses, hopes for any type of return diminish with each passing week – especially since Newton has yet to even practice.
In his absence, backup Kyle Allen has performed admirably. Winning four in a row before running into a talented and undefeated San Francisco 49ers team last week, this game presents the perfect opportunity for Carolina to rebound and remain in contention.
Both teams are seemingly in search of an identity as Tennessee has already replaced their starting quarterback and the Panthers face a decision about not only the immediate needs for this year but who will be responsible for leading the offense into the future.
Start here in order to prepare for this Week 9 game day.
The Tennessee Titans are rolling. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has kept things simple — he has done his job and done it well. Since Tannehill took over in Week 7, the Titans are a perfect 6-for-6 inside the redzone.
His performance is indicative of good things to come; I can’t remember a time when a Titans’ QB threw for multiple touchdowns in back-to-back games, and that’s become the “norm” in Tennessee. Why settle for less in an ever-evolving NFL where quarterbacks are throwing for more yards and more touchdowns than ever before? I’d rather not.
In the midst of all of this optimism, the Titans are on to Carolina, ready for one of the more difficult opponents on their schedule. The Panthers currently sit at 4-3, good for second in the NFC South. Out of the gates, Carolina looked fated for another disappointing season.
However, since QB Cam Newton went down with a foot injury, the Panthers have overcome their 0-2 start. A 2018 UDFA, QB Kyle Allen has given the team new life, and Newton’s days might be numbered in Charlotte.
Enough of the narrative; I’m sure you probably came to find out how the Titans’ can win this game. Well, I’ve identified three keys to victory imperative for the boys in two-tone blue. Let’s dive in.
The Carolina Panthers defense put on a terrible no good very bad performance against the San Francisco 49ers last weekend. They were fooled by every bit of misdirection and deception the 49ers threw (and ran) at them while allowing Jimmy G an company to score touchdowns on more than half their drives. Tevin Coleman did his thing once gain, gashing the Panthers for 105 yards and three touchdowns on just 11 carries.
This weekend’s opponent wants to do something similar. The Tennessee Titans always try to be one of the most run heavy teams in the league. This season, they’ve run 40 plays while in a tie game. 65% of those plays have been runs, fourth most in the league. Derrick Henry is the battering ram of choice. The behemoth back is fourth in the league with 151 carries, though he’s averaging just 3.8 yards per tote.
The Titans are undefeated with Ryan Tannehill starting at a quarterback, a feat that has spanned two games. He’s played well in those games, completing 71% of his passes with a 5-to-1 touchdown to interception ratio, but the overall offensive output hasn’t been any better. It’s a perfect opportunity for a get right game. Here’s how that happens:
The Carolina Panthers were humiliated by the San Francisco 49ers in Week 8. The Panthers want to erase the ugly memory of a bad loss when they face the Tennessee Titans on Sunday (10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET, CBS, DirecTV) in a Week 9 game.
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