4 players the Panthers must rely on more in Week 11 vs. Ravens

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Which players must the Carolina Panthers rely on more during their daunting trip to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 11?

It wasn’t a pleasant experience for the Carolina Panthers during their last road encounter against AFC North opposition. Steve Wilks’ men were steamrolled by the Cincinnati Bengals in a game that was over well before halftime, so the interim head coach will not want a similar effort from his players in Week 11 at the Baltimore Ravens.

Wilks galvanized his group quickly en route to a convincing triumph over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday Night Football. But the size of the task awaiting Carolina this weekend cannot be understated.

The Panthers are dealing with numerous injuries to key men. Baltimore is also coming off their bye week and looking to kickstart a potential Super Bowl run, which is reflected in the large point differential between the two from sportsbooks across the country.

If the Panthers want to stand any chance of being competitive, Wilks and his staff must rely on these four players more in Week 11.

Player No. 1

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Damien Wilson – Carolina Panthers LB

The biggest threat facing the Carolina Panthers this weekend is Lamar Jackson. His dual-threat ability can turn any game on its head in an instant, so everyone on the defensive side of the football needs to be right at the top of their game to counteract this supreme danger.

Damien Wilson‘s role will be critical. The veteran middle linebacker’s been as advertised for the Panthers, with some nice moments sprinkled with far too many inconsistencies for the player to be considered as anything more than a short-term solution to an ongoing problem.

Wilson must communicate well, be aware at all times, and make his tackles count on Jackson or any oncoming rusher. Something that would help exponentially.