Ahead of the Denver Broncos’ face-off with the Carolina Panthers, we asked Anthony Rizzuti of Panthers Wire 5 concerns about his group and Sunday’s match. Check out our concerns and Anthony’s responses listed below!
Do you believe calling Sam Darnold the starter was the ideal relocation for the Broncos?
I do think the Panthers and interim head coach Steve Wilks were basically cornered into this relocation—and not always in a helpless method.
For one, they’ve almost reached completion of their rope with Baker Mayfield—who kipped down yet another underwhelming efficiency in Week 11. With their loss to the Baltimore Ravens, one where they held Lamar Jackson and business to simply 13 points, Carolina transferred to 1-5 in 6 uninspiring starts under Mayfield.
On top of that, PJ Walker—who appears to have actually captured on as Wilks’ preferred—is still handling a high-ankle sprain and won’t be readily available on Sunday. So, at 3-8 with a ghastly passing offense, why not see what Darnold can provide you?
Does Carolina have any glaring weak points Denver might be able to exploit today?
Ah, that’s one heck of a segue we have here, Jon. We can begin with that anemic Panthers death “attack.”
Sadly for Carolina, they’ve had one simply video game this season where their quarterback pieced together a 300-yard death video game—and they required almost a complete overtime duration in Atlanta for that. Whether it’s been with Mayfield or Walker, the Panthers haven’t had the ability to develop any sort of vertical hazard in 2022—which has actually made their offense painfully one-dimensional.
It’s even turned pass receiver DJ Moore, who’s earned a living off of having fun with bad quarterbacks, into a loser. He’s struck the 70-yard getting mark simply when all year and didn’t pass 30 in any of the last 3 getaways.
And although this isn’t an especially excellent week for Denver to concentrate on their ground video game, Carolina’s defense has actually wilted enormously versus the run many times. They’ve enabled the sixth-most hurrying lawns per video game (137.0) and are simply a couple of weeks off of letting Joe Mixon and the Cincinnati Bengals run them into oblivion.
Any there any under-the-radar Panthers gamers who Broncos fans should understand today?
While Moore has actually had a hard time to produce, the Panthers do have a little a breakout developing at the wideout position with Terrace Marshall Jr.
A mix of injuries and an absence of chances have actually obstructed the 2021 second-rounder’s profession so far. Up till Week 5, he just had 12 more receptions than he did non-active nods.
But over his last 4 video games, he’s accumulated a team-high 259 getting lawns. If Darnold takes some shots downfield, Marshall Jr. will likely be on completion of a few of them.
You get to return in time to the 2021 NFL draft: Do you select Jaycee Horn or Pat Surtain?
Oh, I’d most likely select quarterback Justin Fields. But if we’re restricted to simply these 2 exceptionally skilled studs, I won’t set up much of a hassle.
Horn and Surtain are ending up being slam-dunk choices. Coming into the NFL—they both had the skill, the ability, the size, the pedigree and the pet groups try to find in a prototypical No. 1 corner. A couple of years from now, we might be speaking about them (together with New York’s Sauce Gardner) as the best this position needs to provide.
While you can’t fail with either, I’ll remain in the excellent beautifies of the Carolina folk and side with their person in Horn—who’s enabled the most affordable passer ranking versus (31.3) among all beginning cornerbacks in 2022.
What’s your forecast for Sunday — who wins and why?
I feel as though we need to caution fans that this’ll be a match of the 2 most damaged offenses in the league. So brace yourselves, everybody, and ensure you can hold down those Thanksgiving leftovers if you’re enjoying.
And apologies for siding with the Panthers once again (not a homer—I assure), however I do think they’re loading more of a punch than the Broncos are at the minute. Look for this to be a fight of the backfields—and if that’s the case, it’s D’Onta Foreman and Carolina in a close, old-fashioned battle.I feel as though we need to caution fans that this’ll be a match of the 2 most damaged offenses in the league. So brace yourselves, everybody, and ensure you can hold down those Thanksgiving leftovers if you’re enjoying.
And apologies for siding with the Panthers once again (not a homer—I assure), however I do think they’re loading more of a punch than the Broncos are at the minute. Look for this to be a fight of the backfields—and if that’s the case, it’s D’Onta Foreman and Carolina in a close, old-fashioned fight.
Story initially appeared on Broncos Wire