4 Lions players the Panthers should worry about most in Week 11

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Which Lions players should the Carolina Panthers worry about most in Week 11?

It has been a really tough schedule for the Carolina Panthers in 2020. They’ve come up against some legitimate Super Bowl favorites and more than held their own along the way. But their Week 11 encounter with the Detroit Lions at Bank of America Stadium is one they have to win.

The Lions have been hit and miss this season, which is something the Carolina Panthers might be able to take advantage of. However, Matt Rhule could be without the services of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in addition to star running back Christian McCaffrey, which would put a spanner in the works regarding their ability to move the chains efficiently on offense.

Detroit is coming off a thrilling win over the Washington Football Team last time out and they aren’t out of playoff contention just yet – even if their hopes are hanging by a thread. Signal-caller Matthew Stafford has an injury of his own to worry about and it seems unlikely the Lions will have stud wide receiver Kenny Golladay available once again.

It appears to be a real 50-50 game on paper and one that could be the catalyst for better things in the future for whoever comes out on top. Here are four players that the Panthers should worry about most on Sunday.

Player No. 1

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Romeo Okwara – DE

Romeo Okwara may have taken time to get into his stride this season, but he is fast becoming a real force to be reckoned with on the edge. The defensive end already has six sacks to his name from just three starts and looks to finally be putting his exceptional physical attributes together on the field.

Okwara is the last player Carolina will want to generate momentum. He is a ferocious presence off the right-hand side and the Panthers have had their fair share of problems with blindside protection of late with veteran Pro Bowler Russell Okung missing more time through injury.