Key No. 1 – Protect QB Will Grier
Carolina’s offensive line has underperformed this season. They have given up the second-most sacks allowing their quarterback to be taken down 51 times.
If the Panthers expect to win this game, then they have to protect their rookie quarterback. Grier will be anxious and may try to rush his throws as it is. The last thing he needs is to be flustered with added pressure from the Colts defense.
McCaffrey will be relied on heavily throughout this game as always and can undoubtedly take a lot of the pressure off Grier by continuing to carry the offense.
The Panthers feature back will also be able to help Grier in the passing game by getting open on check-down plays. Grier will have to get the ball out quick to get in a rhythm and the short passing game is the best way to do that.