Keep creating turnovers
Of all the reasons for the Carolina Panthers achieving a memorable victory at the Chargers, it was their ability to generate turnovers. This was another encouraging sign from an impressive performance from their defense and it needs to be something that continues long into the future.
They managed four turnovers at SoFi Stadium, which was arguably the first time that Carolina’s defense actually looked like a cohesive unit this season. Coordinator Phil Snow moved away from altering between different formations that became a source of obvious frustration and it brought instant results.
Kyler Murray gave away three interceptions against the Detroit Lions, which played a pivotal role in their demise. If you can get the signal-caller out of his comfort zone, then this is when the second-year-pro is more prone to mistakes.
This can be done by generating pressure. The Panthers finally managed to show signs of life in this area last weekend and if they can build on this positive showing, then it is going to help their secondary an untold amount.
Communication from the linebacking corps will also be vital. The onus will be on veterans Shaq Thompson and Tahir Whitehead to call out plays before they happen, which is something that became a trademark of Luke Kuechly’s contribution before his shock retirement earlier this year.
Big plays win big games, and this has the scope to be a season-altering result for the Panthers if they can come away with a win.