3 potential problems facing the Carolina Panthers vs. Broncos

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What are some potential problems for the Carolina Panthers vs. Broncos?

We are now in the home stretch for the Carolina Panthers in what has been an eventful 2020 season. The team has been competitive for the most part in the first year of head coach Matt Rhule’s tenure and although their 4-8 record might state otherwise, there are some solid foundations from which to build a potential contender.

Finishing the campaign on a high is going to be crucial for the Carolina Panthers. It’s vital for the organization to take some positive momentum into another pivotal offseason period in 2021 and if they can draft the right sort of prospects and bring in better reinforcements during free agency, it might just come with a postseason push next time around.

The Denver Broncos have flattered to deceive this season after being tipped as a dark horse before competitive action began. They have some talent on both sides of the ball, of that there is little doubt. But the inconsistent play of quarterback Drew Lock is really hurting them at the present time.

This is a potential banana skin for the Panthers, who haven’t done well when favored in games this season. Here are three potential problems they’ll face against the Broncos in Week 14 at Bank of America Stadium.

Problem No. 1

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Red zone offense

The Panthers have gone through their fair share of red-zone struggles this season. They’ve moved the ball well overall. But their inability to make the most out of opportunities once they get inside the 20-yard line has really cost them.

This problem should have been addressed heavily during the bye week, so there is every chance we could see some improvements. Teddy Bridgewater will be tasked with putting it all together at the business end of the field and offensive coordinator Joe Brady also needs to do a better job of putting his playmakers in the right positions to succeed.

If Carolina can do this against a Denver team that is low on confidence, they’ll have a good chance of attaining their fifth win of the season.