4 bold predictions for the Carolina Panthers vs. Cardinals in Week 4

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Carolina Panthers return a punt/kickoff for a TD

This was a prediction last week that did not come true. But we are sticking with it given the encouraging signs last weekend and the potential for further growth.

Shi Smith is shifty and has been one tackle away from the long run. And Laviska Shenault Jr. also caught the eye with two impressive kickoff returns when called upon in Week 3.

With dismal weather in the forecast and potentially more punts, opportunities should be there. Combine this with the wet turf and wind, special teams have a huge part to play in the overall outcome on Sunday.

For any team, these are few and far between. But the conditions are perfect in Week 4 to see a punt or kickoff return brought back to the house.

Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor led the Chicago Bears to consecutive top-10 rankings in 2020 and 2021, leading to high expectations of his unit. His presence already looks to be reaping some significant rewards on the Carolina Panthers in such a short space of time.

This is the week Panther nation will celebrate as all three units get a touchdown. Something that would likely get this team back to 2-2 and provide renewed hope that a wildcard spot might not be unattainable, after all.

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