Control the Clock
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Quarterback Cam Newton and the offense jumped out to a 35-7 lead before the two-minute warning in the first half last week. In a tight divisional matchup, the Buccaneers pulled back within one score just after the start of the fourth quarter.
It was a quick reminder of the parity in this league and the necessity to play a “complete” game of football in order to win. It doesn’t necessarily have to be error free but competing until the final whistle and maintaining momentum is important for any team.
Carolina needs to control the clock in this game even if moving the football in large chunks on offense. By keeping the ball away from the Steelers, the Panthers can avoid any momentum swings over the course of the evening while also taking the crowd out of the game.
Offensive coordinator Norv Turner has the offense moving in the right direction, especially since completing the largest fourth-quarter comeback in franchise history just three weeks ago. If it continues, this group could be even more dangerous down the stretch.
The Panthers and Steelers kick off on Thursday, November 8 at 8:20pm ET.