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Panthers injured offense will face an injured Falcons defense

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We’re only two weeks into the season and already the NFC South is heating up. The Panthers will travel to Atlanta to face their division rivals Carolina Panthers Womens Hoodie , the Falcons, this Sunday. Carolina is coming off an impressive 16-8 win over Dallas. The Cowboys challenged the Panthers offense, holding Cam Newton to a modest 161 yards in the air. However, Newton lead the team in rushing with 58 yards and a touchdown. Sunday’s win didn’t come without cost, though. The Panthers lost tight end Greg Olsen and right tackle Daryl Williams in their debut.Like the Panthers, the Falcons suffered two huge blows from their Thursday night loss against the Eagles. Their defense is now without two Pro Bowlers Womens Customized Carolina Panthers Jerseys , safety Keanu Neal and middle linebacker Deion Jones. Even with the injury to Neal during the game, Atlanta’s defense still looked solid. On offense, Julio Jones was stellar against the defending Super Bowl champs despite Matt Ryan completing fewer than half of his passes. The Panthers are 1-3 against the Falcons over the last two seasons and are now six point underdogs against Atlanta. Here are three keys for Carolina’s offense to defeat the Falcons:Let Cam be Cam: Norv Turner likes the run-pass option. Against the Cowboys, Newton decided to use his legs. He broke out with some big runs that kept their defense off guard. Atlanta losing Neal means they won’t have their big hitter and run stuffer. With the Falcons now lacking in run support, Cam should continue to do his thing on the ground. Beat the Birds in the air: Losing Jones is also irreplaceable for the Falcons. He was a beast in coverage mode. Falcons head coach Dan Quinn will have to do a lot of shifting to fill the void of Jones and Neal. Although Panthers are reeling in their own loss of Olsen, there’s plenty of young talent able to step up. Sunday’s match-up will be a realistic opportunity to test out the fresh tight ends. Not to mention , Panthers still have one of the most versatile receiving corps in the league. Protect Newton: Carolina’s offensive line is a patchwork right now. Cowboys defense was able to sack Newton a total of three times. Dallas also pressured Newton on 43% of his drop backs.Atlanta might be feeling the heat of losing their two best defensive players, but they still have plenty of talent. Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett is a fine interior pass rusher who can put on the pressure and hit. Defensive end Vic Beasley was quiet in the season opener, but it’s only a matter of time until he gets back into rhythm, so don’t sleep on him. Similar to the Panthers, Atlanta has been bitten early by the injury bug. This game will come down to which team is able to adjust and utilize their remaining talent the best. Smith was traded to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for cornerback Daryl Worley this offseason. That means he only spent a year with the Philadelphia Eagles, but at least he got a ring out of it. On Sunday Carolina Panthers T-Shirt , Smith will travel to Philadelphia to face his former team. During his time with the defending Super Bowl champs, he lit up during the playoffs with 13 catches for 151 yards and a touchdown. He was a big factor in the Eagles winning their first Super Bowl. His speed and agility made him a deep threat that the Eagles offense had lacked in previous seasons. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson spoke very highly of the speedy receiver on Wednesday.He’s been a great addition to the Panthers, indeed. His leadership ability has shown with the younger receivers. Although it’s been a quiet season for the 29-year old, that’s not entirely his fault. Smith’s longest catch of the season was a 26-yarder against Atlanta in Week 2. The Panthers only have two completions for 20+ yards so far, which puts them last in the league. Adjusting to first year Norv Turner’s offense, Carolina simply hasn’t had many opportunities. But as the season progresses Carolina Panthers Hats , Turner says they’re working on having a complete passing game and creating explosive plays. Last week against Washington, Smith had his best game yet as a Panther. Smith caught all five of his targets for 43 yards (including a two-point conversion) and a touchdown. He was a key role in the Panthers’ attempt to make a comeback. He proved he’s still a viable threat in a group of talent receivers and that he’s a difference maker. Against an Eagles’ defense that’s been weak against explosive plays, Torrey Smith might be a game changer. He’s been Newton’s main target when looking deep. Head coach Ron Rivera said he was optimistic that more deep balls would start to happen when he spoke to the press on Thursday. If that holds true, Smith could build off that momentum and show why he’s been a top deep threat in the league for all these years.

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