Three key matchups to watch for Panthers vs. Lions

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 08: Theo Riddick
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 08: Theo Riddick /
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James Bradberry vs. Kenny Golladay

This will be perhaps the most intriguing match up to watch out of all of them. Wide receiver Kenny Golladay against cornerback James Bradberry should make for some fun Sunday viewing.

In last week’s contest against the Bears, Golladay was the team’s leading receiver. He caught six passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. His 78.3 offense a rating was his highest since week seven against the Miami Dolphins. The touchdown marked his first since the team’s week five matchup against the Green Bay Packers. In addition, his receiving yards were the most since the Lions’ game against Green Bay. In that contest, he recorded 98 yards.

James Bradberry suffered season-lows in last week’s loss to the Steelers. His 43.4 defensive rating and 29.9 tackling rating were his worst of the season. In addition, his 41.2 coverage rating was his worst since week to against the Atlanta Falcons. In that contest, he recorded a 38.2 rating. He gave up three passes for 90 yards and a touchdown in a game where the entire secondary left a lot to be desired. Going up against Golladay will not be an easy task either. However, I highly doubt Bradberry will have two bad weeks in a row. That is what makes this matchup the most intriguing.