4 burning questions Carolina Panthers fans are asking ahead of Week 16

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What burning questions are Carolina Panthers fans asking ahead of the team’s pivotal home game against the Detroit Lions in Week 16?

Following their win over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 14, the Carolina Panthers entered the following weekend with high hopes to get a third-straight triumph against the Pittsburgh Steelers and take over first place in the NFC South for the first time in more than six years.

Unfortunately, Panthers fans left the game disappointed as their team dropped a crucial game at home. In a time when the team was looking to establish its identity, it only took an outstanding Steelers game plan to make them one-dimensional and force Sam Darnold to throw the ball a lot more than you would like to see.

It was a very tough contest to witness and another letdown of many since David Tepper took over as owner four years ago. Interim head coach Steve Wilks will need to rely upon his team with an even bigger clash on Saturday against the up-start Detroit Lions, who started the season 1-6 only to win six of their next seven and find themselves one game off the playoffs.

The Panthers hope to spoil the Lions’ season while looking to improve their own playoff hopes ahead of a potential NFC South title decider at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next weekend.

Without further ado, here are some burning questions fans are asking ahead of the team’s final home game of the season, which promises to be a fascinating encounter in sub-zero conditions.