3 keys to victory for the Panthers at Packers in Week 15

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The Carolina Panthers have plenty of problems surrounding their protection. Their interior is going to undergo a significant makeover in 2021 if their recent performances are any indication and they might be without the services of veteran left tackle Russell Okung on the edge, who is questionable for the game with a calf injury.

This makes it even more important for Teddy Bridgewater to get the football out quickly. The Packers will smell blood after watching film from last weekend’s dismal loss to the Broncos. So the signal-caller must be fast with his reads and decisive throwing the football to his weapons in the passing game.

There will also be plenty of responsibility on the shoulders of D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson, and Curtis Samuel to get open at the earliest possible opportunity. The Packers have found it difficult covering running backs in the passing game, so utilizing Mike Davis early and often would be another smart way to go.

Gaining some early confidence is essential where Bridgewater is concerned. There does appear to be some nerves creeping into his game over the last two outings and a rocky start at Lambeau Field would be all fans need to get on his back further thanks to his connections with their fierce rival Vikings.

The stakes are high for the former first-round pick. But whether he has already passed the point of no return remains to be seen.