Carolina Panthers Week 9 preview vs. the Tennessee Titans.
After experiencing the high of winning four games in a row and enjoying a bye week, the Carolina Panthers were quickly grounded by a trip out west. Running up against an undefeated San Francisco 49ers team, Carolina was dismantled in multiple facets but has an opportunity to rebound this week.
Quarterback Cam Newton is still unavailable and has yet to return for practice, although he did travel and was present on the sideline in San Francisco. Expected to be the case again this week, backup Kyle Allen needs much better protection in order to effectively execute the offense. While Tennessee doesn’t boast the same type front, they are still top-10 in the league with 22 sacks to this point.
Tennessee is currently 4-4 and while they burst onto the scene with an opening 43-13 beat down of Cleveland, consistency has been an issue. Just midway through the year, the Titans have already replaced quarterback Marcus Mariota with Ryan Tannehill and the move appears to be paying dividends. Winning their last two, this meeting represents a matchup of two teams in search of an identity.
2019 SEASON: CAROLINA PANTHERS (4-3) vs. TENNESSEE TITANS (4-4)
KICKOFF: Sunday, November 3 at 1:00 PM ET
TV: CBS (Broadcast Coverage Map)
LOCATION: Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, NC)
WEATHER: 62 degrees, 54% humidity, 5mph NW wind, 10% precipitation
LAST MEETING: 27-10, PANTHERS – November 15, 2015 (WEEK 10)
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Starting a young quarterback leads to numerous unknowns. A few weeks ago, fans (and likely coaches too) were hesitant about what type of performance Allen would put together leading the Panthers offense.
Fortunately, he’s displayed enough poise and arm strength to prove capable of winning games in Newton’s absence. However, he was also riding the wave of a five game personal winning streak without any interceptions.
After being under constant pressure in San Francisco – and throwing three interceptions – how he responds this week will be a good indication about his ability to garner true consideration for a more permanent position either in Carolina or elsewhere for the future.
Once the final whistle blows, the Panthers will officially be midway though the season and an upcoming trip to Green Bay makes getting this win on Sunday even more important.