Panthers vs. Chargers: Prediction, best bets and what to expect

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Teddy Bridgewater
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Carolina Panthers vs. Chargers: What to expect

How the game unfolds has yet to be determined. But it is vital that the Carolina Panthers do not begin in the same frame of mind as that which cost them at the Buccaneers in Week 2.

They were not ready to go on both sides of the ball, which was a huge disappointment. If the same happens in this one then it is going to be another long afternoon for a fanbase that is running out of patience.

Winning games on the road are all about controlling the clock and moving the chains consistently. If Teddy Bridgewater can get enough time to make plays it will certainly help matters, but that is easier said than done against the Chargers’ premier pass-rushing options.

The moment they start to smell blood in the backfield, then there is little opposing offensive lines can do to prevent them from doing damage. Getting the ball out quickly will be of critical importance for Bridgewater, and this puts additional pressure on Carolina’s passing options to create separation at the earliest possible opportunity.

All eyes are going to be on rookie signal-caller Justin Herbert following a promising debut. The former Oregon standout has two stud running backs to lean on in Austin Ekeler and Joshua Kelley, in addition to primary pass-catchers in Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Hunter Henry.

Getting pressure is going to be key. The Panthers’ linebacking corps – Shaq Thompson and Tahir Whitehead – also need to show up and the safety position needs to increase their level of production after a less than impressive start.