4 bold predictions for the Carolina Panthers after 2022 bye week
By Dean Jones
Carolina Panthers get a 1,000-yard rusher and receiver
Things have not been easy for the Carolina Panthers on offense this season. It’s been a revolving door at quarterback – which hasn’t helped -with the suspect play-calling of the team’s offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo also coming in for significant criticism.
Although it’s been more doom and gloom than anything else, there were signs of life against the Denver Broncos in Week 12. The Panthers leaned heavily on D’Onta Foreman to establish the run and Sam Darnold’s introduction brought the best out of D.J. Moore for good measure.
Hopefully, Darnold can build on his impressive first start. Something that would potentially help Moore continue his 1,000-yard receiving streak, which currently stands at three seasons.
The former first-round pick out of Maryland needs 395 receiving yards over the next five games to accomplish this feat. For a player of Moore’s quality, gaining an average of 79 yards per game isn’t out of the realm of possibility if Darnold lives up to his end of the bargain.
As for Foreman, he requires 437 rushing yards to gain four figures for the first time in his career. The former Texas standout is sure to get an abundance of carries over the next five games, so an average of 87.4 yards per game is attainable.
Should Moore and Foreman reach their 1,000-yard rushing and receiving targets, it would be a fine accomplishment when one considers how torrid Carolina’s offense has been more often than not. Whether they can do it is another matter.