Odds Detroit Lions beat Carolina Panthers
The LionsThe Carolina Panthers are looking to win their third consecutive victory against the defending champions, the.
Both teams have a chance of making the playoffs going into the Christmas Eve affair (1:05 EST).
DetroitAt 7-7, the Panthers are just half-game behind the 7-6-1 Washington Commanders who are fighting for the final wildcard spot in the NFC. At 5-9, the Panthers are just one game behind the Tampa Bay Buccanneers in the NFC South for first place.
CarolinaThe Panthers dropped their Week 15 contest to Pittsburgh Steelers. However, the Lions have won three of their last five games. The Panthers are currently sub-.500. However, it won’t be an easy match for the red-hot Lions, who have won six of their last seven games.
In unfortunate injury news, Detroit won’t have starting safety. DeShon Elliott for the pivotal matchup. Elliott was out of Thursday’s road tilt in Carolina after sustaining a shoulder injury against the New York Jets.
In his absence, Kerby Joseph On Saturday, he is expected to lead the charge for safety.
“You have to always drive the bus. When Joseph was asked Thursday by All Lions About “manning the vessel” to ensure safety against the Panthers. “So, if my sister needs help, I’m going help him. They’ll also help me if I have a problem.
“I feel like it isn’t a one-man army. We win more together if we work together and we play better together if we do.
As the season progressed, Joseph has become a more impactful performer at the third level of Detroit’s defense. He was drafted in the third round by the Lions in 2022 NFL Draft.
The Illinois product has amassed 65 total tackles in 14 games (11 starts), three interceptions and two forced fumbles.
The Lions will likely give extra playing time to reserve safety Ifeatu Melifonwu (with Elliott out of action) and C.J. Moore.
Joseph said Thursday that he was looking forward to playing with the mentioned defensive backs.
Joseph stated, “I love playing Iffy (Melifonwu), I enjoy playing with C.J. and I love playing alongside all my guys,” “I feel like Iffy is a playmaker. He’s a sleeper, which a lot of people don’t know. But, he’s coming.
Melifonwu, a third round selection from Detroit in 2021, has no better time to show that he is capable of being a starting safety for the NFL than Saturday.
If Melifonwu If Joseph and the Lions’ cornerbacks are able provide solid support to the defense’s back-end, Detroit should be able stop the Panthers’ passing attack.
Carolina’s passing offense, led by Sam Darnold (5th year), has only 2,388 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. These marks rank each 30th in the league.
Detroit will be able limit my optimism. Darnold & Co.
From a run-game perspective, however, the Panthers They are far more efficient, even though they only managed 21 yards on the ground last week against Pittsburgh.
In fact, Carolina’s It has three wins since Week 9. The average rushing yards per game is 213.3. The Panthers are led by running back D’Onta Foreman, have rushed for 1,645 yards, the 17th-most in the NFL.
“The one thing that we have to be really, really good – the thing that I talk about, man, is first-and-second-down efficiency,” Glenn Wednesday, he said. “That must be right, because you don’t want them in a third and short. They will still run the ball in these situations, even if they are third-and-5 or less. Now you can’t predict what they’re going do.
“So, when it comes to framing the game, we must do everything we can be really, really strong. You must be really, really competitive in the passing games on first and second down so they can get in those third-and longs. Now we can anticipate and get our pass rushers to the field so we can get to work.
The offensive side of the ball is the same. Detroit Will need to do a solid job in preventing Panthers EDGE Brian Burns From getting to quarterback Jared Goff. Burns has already produced a career-best 10.5 tackles this season.
I believe the Lions’ offensive lines, anchored by a two-time Pro Bowl center, are excellent. Frank RagnowWe are up for the challenge.
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