The Titans are about to face off against a Panthers team that plays much better than their 2-6 record. With close losses against the Saints (30-27), the Packers (30-23), and the Bears (34-29) it’s easy to say that this team can play it close against some of the better teams in the NFC. The Titans absolutely cannot afford to look at the 2-6 record and assume it’s an inferior team they will go against.
Rookie QB Cam “The Icon and Entertainer” Newton has already thrown for 2,393 yards en route to 11 touchdowns, though he has thrown 9 interceptions. WR Steve Smith has seen a career revival catching balls from Newton as he now has 918 yards. Keep in mind they have only played 8 games.
On the flip side, the Panthers RB duo of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart have only combined for 3 rushing touchdowns this season. It’s hard to imagine them improving on that Sunday. Speaking of improving, Chris Johnson is now up to 3 yards-per-carry this season. What a relief!
In the red zone, look out for newly-acquired TE Greg Olsen to score. Olsen has already scored 4 times and if Olsen lines up in the right package, it’s easy to see him getting past the Titans LBers for a quick TD.
OLB James Anderson leads the team with 66 total tackles. I don’t know much about him, but his total is around 20 more than the next Panther. Either he is horrible and being targeted or he flies to the ball. I guess we’ll find out.
Fun Fact: Cam Newton has 7 rushing TD’s, five more than Stewart and Williams combined.