Extremely early Carolina Panthers game-by-game 2022 record prediction

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Carolina Panthers vs. San Francisco 49ers

There are some moving parts to the San Francisco 49ers and their chances in 2022. The status of Deebo Samuel remains uncertain despite the team holding firm regarding his trade request prior to the draft, with the questions surrounding just who is going to start under center something else hanging over them throughout the preparation period.

Jimmy Garoppolo is still under contract and this situation also depends on how the coaching staff views the development of Trey Lance after the No. 3 overall selection was used sparingly as a rookie.

Although this will be a stern test of credentials, the Carolina Panthers have a good chance of building on their good run of form if they can somehow do enough to thwart the Niners’ substantial running attack.

This is likely to be a game of fine margins. The battle between Nick Bosa and Ikem Ekwonu is another that will go a long way to determining the overall outcome.

Week 5 Prediction: Loss (3-2)

Kyle Shanahan has a solid roster that looks capable of competing in a tough division next season. Carolina’s ambitions are less lofty and even though winning this one is well within their capabilities, coming through in the clutch has been a tough task for the team under Matt Rhule and might end up being the same again.