With the defense playing its part, the offense needs to get in gear in order to beat the Carolina Panthers. This will be no small feat with questions along the offensive line. Here’s how the offense can attack opportunities and score.
Two Tight End Sets
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Additionally, the Panthers may have been exposed last week against tight ends and their groupings. Jared Goff, who put up very respectable numbers in a losing effort, used his tight ends well. Gaining a total of 68 yards on eight targets. That’s an average of 9.68 yards per pass. Also, he threw three touchdowns to his tight end last week. Exposing a red zone issue for the Panthers. So far this season the Panthers are in the bottom ten for touchdowns allowed to tight ends.
Going with two tight end sets allows for the disguise of some plays, the reintroduction to some play action passes and is a vulnerability of the Panthers. It’s apparent that this weakness needs to be exploited.
Attack The Corners
The Panthers are hurting at cornerback. So much so they brought back Josh Norman. So the four corners going into this week’s game are Josh Norman, Jeremy Chinn, C.J. Henderson, and Kieth Taylor. Of the three rotational players (Chinn, Henderson, and Taylor) Taylor has the best PFF coverage grade for the season at 57.1. Josh Norman hasn’t played this season and will have some rust to knock off as he’s been busy with his enterprises outside of football. Last season he played with San Fransico and recorded an overall PFF grade for the season at 48.8. In the last four seasons where he has had over 350 snaps he has allowed 24 touchdowns and close to 14 yards a reception. His presence, even given his 2015 performance, should not be that intimidating.
Ultimately the offense needs to target the corners early and often as this should be a huge mismatch. Getting Mike Evans involved early will be key.
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