4 sneaky threats the Panthers should watch out for vs. the Lions

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What sneaky threats should the Carolina Panthers watch for vs. the Lions?

Both the Carolina Panthers and Detroit Lions are dealing with some substantial injury problems ahead of their Week 11 matchup. Some big names such as Kenny Golladay and Christian McCaffrey won’t be on the field at Bank of America Stadium and there are countless others whose status is in serious question.

This makes it even more important for the Carolina Panthers to have everything right from a scheme perspective. This has proved to be their downfall on more than one occasion during the current campaign and becomes even more prevalent when the team comes out after the half time interval.

Making adjustments at the half is critical. But for some unbeknown reason, the Panthers simply aren’t coming out with the same purpose. This has played a leading role in them failing in close games despite being competitive against some top teams through the first ten weeks of the season.

The game itself may come down to which rotational players on either team make the most out of their chance at more involvement. Here are four Lions players that the Panthers need to be wary of to boost their chances of victory.

Player No. 1

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Danny Shelton – DT

It’s strange for someone who was once the No. 12 overall selection to be considered as a sneaky threat. But Danny Shelton hasn’t quite lined up to his high-end NFL Draft pick so far.

That being said, there is little doubt that if Shelton is left unattended, he’ll be able to make his presence felt. The Panthers do have some serious concerns to answer surrounding their interior protection that is set to be without John Miller in this one, which represents a real opportunity for the former Washington standout to produce some big plays.