3 major Carolina Panthers concerns that must be removed vs. Lions

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Carolina Panthers’ invention on offense

There’s nobody that isn’t fully aware of how the Carolina Panthers are going to approach things on offense. They aim to establish the run and put quarterback Sam Darnold in manageable situations without much in the way of creativity thrown in for good measure.

This is generally a recipe for success behind a forceful offensive line. But when the Panthers came up against a stout Pittsburgh Steelers defensive front, they were found wanting.

Carolina was bullied in the trenches, making this extremely difficult for D’Onta Foreman and Chuba Hubbard to move the chains. It came as no surprise to see the Steelers get up early as a result, which puts too much pressure on Ben McAdoo‘s bland scheme that’s seemingly devoid of any adjustments.

McAdoo is living on borrowed time in Carolina. His appointment hasn’t gone according to plan whatsoever and his lack of offensive invention is holding this team back.

Darnold proved last week that he can make things happen if given the chance. But there seems to be a reluctance on McAdoo’s part to task any player under center with larger responsibilities within his system.

The Detroit Lions can put up points in a hurry. If the Panthers cannot set the tone early, this could be another long afternoon.