4 reasons the Carolina Panthers will beat the Lions in Week 11

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The Lions have trouble in the secondary

One of the big reasons why the Lions find themselves at 4-5 is their inability to make plays in the secondary. This has been the catalyst behind their downfall on multiple occasions this season and even though they come into their game at the Carolina Panthers on the back of a morale-boosting win, the chances of them stopping an elite wide receiver trio seem slim.

Providing whoever plays under center can distribute the football efficiently, then there should be some real joy for D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson, and Curtis Samuel to do damage. All three have had some nice moments this season at various stages, but getting them all to make an impact simultaneously is a riddle yet to be solved by offensive coordinator Joe Brady.

Detroit is giving up an average of 258.4 yards through the air in 2020 so far, which is ranked No. 24 leaguewide. This is similar to the 245.6 yards that Carolina is gaining from passing situations and it’s hard not to look at the matchups in this particular area and not be encouraged.

Desmond Trufant, Justin Coleman, and first-round pick Jeff Okudah have all struggled at times during the season, so testing them early and often will give the Panthers a great chance of ending their five-game losing run at the expense of Matt Patricia’s men.