No. 2: Panthers must limit turnovers
Kyle Allen does not throw many interceptions. Through eight career starts he has only thrown five interceptions. Most NFL teams would take that from their starting quarterback.
Where Allen has struggled is holding on to the football. He has a total of seven fumbles losing five of them on the season.
Last week against the Packers, Allen fumbled the snap on a crucial drive in the second quarter. The Panthers were leading 10-7 at the time so the fumble really shifted the momentum to Green Bay’s favor.
The Packers ended up taking the lead 14-10; a lead they wouldn’t relinquish the remainder of the game.
If the Panthers hope to beat the Falcons this week, then they must avoid big turnovers like the fumbled snap last week in Green Bay.
Turnovers are momentum killers. They can shift the outcome of a game dramatically. Some turnovers are worse than others.
A 50/50 ball thrown into tight coverage that is intercepted is understandable and a team can recover from that.
A fumbled snap is much more deflating.