3 bold predictions for the Carolina Panthers in Week 3

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Joseph Charlton
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(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Teddy Bridgewater and Mike Davis /

The Carolina Panthers will be fine without Christian McCaffrey.

The Carolina Panthers will be without their best player in Christian McCaffrey for at least three weeks. A loss like this would cause most teams to implode but this case is different.

Although his 48 touches in the last two games is a lot. McCaffrey has not been utilized on every down nor is he heavily featured in the passing game like he was last year.

With Joe Brady at the controls as offensive coordinator, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been asked to pass more, relying on wide receivers D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson, and Curtis Samuel to make plays after the catch.

Speaking of Samuel, we saw Brady use him in the run game against the Buccaneers, this will be something to keep an eye on against the Chargers.

How will Carolina’s running game look without the face of the franchise?

We don’t completely know the answer to that but we do have a clue.

Mike Davis will start this Sunday and in McCaffrey’s absence last week he gained 75 yards from scrimmage and looked great as a pass-catcher.

In his career spanning six seasons, Davis’ stats are 890 rushing yards with five touchdowns and 74 receptions for 504 yards with one touchdown. If the Panthers do have trouble running the football, the veteran still provides incredible value in the passing game.