3. Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers
Sep 7, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton appears to be a full go for Week 2. Detroit has a good front seven, but Cam should be able to elude the sack and make plays against a soft secondary. He’ll have to do that all day because he doesn’t have the best offensive line protecting him.
Stewart and Tolbert will have a tough time establishing the run game against a Lions run defense that was fairly stout against the Giants last week (then again, it was the Giants so who knows?).
Detroit’s offense has plenty of weapons to utilize down the field against the Panthers weak secondary. Joiqe Bell and Reggie Bush will be stuffed by the Panthers front seven, so Stafford will have to throw the ball.
The Panthers key to winning will be forcing the Lions to get one-dimensional on offense and creating turnovers off of Matt Stafford forcing the ball down the field.
The Lions defense must get off the field and now allow the Panthers offense to control the clock. Stafford needs to be careful with the ball as well. This is definitely the toughest match up of the week.