Predicting the Carolina Panthers next five games after 0-2 start in 2022

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Carolina Panthers vs. San Francisco 49ers

At least from a schematic standpoint, the Carolina Panthers don’t look well matched in Week 5. Kyle Shanahan’s squad implement a ferocious running attack capable of inflicting damage at will, which could be a potential complication for Phil Snow’s defense given their lack of consistency in this key area.

With that being said, Carolina is at home and will fancy their chances. The San Francisco 49ers were dealt a devastating blow in Week 2 when quarterback Trey Lance suffered a season-ending injury, meaning Jimmy Garoppolo will now lead them after generating little trade interest this offseason.

Garoppolo looked comfortable within the system during San Francisco’s win over the Seattle Seahawks. They also possess a supreme running game to rely on even without Elijah Mitchell.

San Francisco has the benefit of an exceptional offensive line to plow the road and provide Garoppolo with enough time to do what he does best – manage games effectively and get his primary weapons the football quickly.

Prediction: Loss (1-4)

This looks like a step too far for the Panthers at this stage of their development. But if they take advantage of Garoppolo’s questionable decision-making on occasions, they have a chance.