Evaluating the Panthers offense and how they can win in Week 2

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Christian McCaffrey
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The Carolina Panthers’ passing weapons

The wide receivers were very impressive in Week 1 and lived up to the hype they built in the offense. They made things easy for Teddy Bridgewater and had their way with the young Raiders secondary.

D.J. Moore had a slow day but still had four receptions for 54 yards. He was used as more of a decoy to take safeties away from where other receivers would be. Curtis Samuel had a solid game but also had a few drops. He finished the game with five catches for 38 yards. But the wideout was still impactful and had a couple of crucial catches.

The real star of this group in week one was Robby Anderson who ended the game with six receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown. He made a big play late in the game where he caught and ran the ball for a 75-yard touchdown.

This group is going to be very important to the Carolina Panthers in their matchup against the Buccaneers. They are going to need to be ready for the ball to come out quickly and have to be at the top of their game.

Moore and Samuel are great in the short passing game and thrive in the quick cuts and fast-hitting passes. For Anderson, he is going to need to be ready for the deep ball when the running game gets in a groove, which is how the Panthers could break the game open.

The tight ends could play a big part this week as well. Chris Manhertz and Ian Thomas will need to be prepared to go across the middle and be ready to secure the ball on short routes before formidable linebacker Lavonte David can hit them.

The tight ends will also need to do a lot of blocking. Shaquil Barrett is one of the best pass rushers in the league and the Panthers are going to be sending a lot of double teams his way which Manhertz and Thomas will be heavily involved with.

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If the receiving group has a big day, it could open things up for Christian McCaffrey in the running game. This is a big game against a team a lot of people think can make the Super Bowl. But the Panthers have expectations of their own and are ready for the matchup.