4 big threats the Panthers must take seriously in Week 4 vs. Cardinals

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What major threats must the Carolina Panthers take seriously when they take on the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4 at Bank of America Stadium?

The Carolina Panthers have done a great job the past two games slowing down the opposing offense’s best player. Phil Snow has brought creative, effective gameplans and the defense has executed accordingly despite complications on offense.

Heading into Week 4, the Panthers need another win at home to keep their playoff hopes alive. Carolina has a great opportunity against the Arizona Cardinals and possesses a great record over the NFC West club in recent years.

The college offense Kliff Kingsbury runs is a bad matchup against Snow’s unit. The NFL is a matchup game and the Cardinals don’t look well suited to the Panthers and their style of play.

The Cardinals are ranked dead last in overall defense according to Pro Football Focus. But the Panthers would be wise not to underestimate a team that was right in the Super Bowl hunt before Kyler Murray got hurt in 2021.

With that being said, here are four big threats Carolina must take seriously in Week 4.

Big Threat No. 1

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(Joe Rondone-Arizona Republic) Marquise Brown /

Carolina Panthers must blanket Marquise Brown

With the absence of DeAndre Hopkins for the first six weeks of the season, Marquise Brown is filling the WR1 role. The recent acquisition had a big day against the Los Angeles Rams with 14 receptions for 140 receiving yards, which is sure to fill him with confidence heading into Sunday’s game.

Brown could have another big day if Donte Jackson is out or even hobbled. Kyler Murray has found a connection with his new weapon and it showed against a stout top-tier Rams defense in Week 3.

The Carolina Panthers did a poor job containing Chris Olave and Marquise Brown’s size and speed are very similar. Phil Snow and Steve Wilks must have a good plan to contain the wideout, which could see Jaycee Horn shadow the primary weapon after a sensational start to his sophomore campaign.