Panthers Look to Even Record Against 49ers

The Carolina Panthers will try to regain momentum after faltering in the second half of their season opening 21-20 loss to the Denver Broncos in Mile High last Thursday night.

The Panthers will be looking to revive a running game that led them to Super Bowl 50.  Jonathan Stewart paced the rushing attack  with 64 yards on 15 carries, while quarterback Cam Newton carried 11 times, and scored the Panthers only rushing touchdown.

Much was made of the punishing blows handed out to Newton during the game, and whether or not he receives less favorable calls from the referees due to his size.  “We got zero yards out of all those hits on Cam,”  tight end Greg Olsen said.  “You can’t talk about player safety, and then have what unfolded.”

The San Francisco 49ers bring a new look offense spearheaded by coach Chip Kelly, whose high tempo offense in Philadelphia was lauded by critics and players alike.  San Francisco also brings a stifling defense that shut out a hapless LA Rams squad 28-0 on Monday Night Football.

Much has been made of San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the national anthem, but the QB the Panthers have to worry about is Blaine Gabbert, who went 22/35 for 170 yards and a touchdown vs. the Rams.   The resurgent Carlos Hyde ran for two scores, showing the promise that made him an All-American at Ohio State in 2014.

Prediction Time:  The Panthers defense wreaks havoc and forces Gabbert into multiple turnovers, and Newton finds his footing in the comfortable confines of Bank of America Stadium.  Newton throws for two scores, runs for another, and the Panthers win handily 31-14.

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I am a married father of 3 kids with a beautiful wife. When I'm not ripping and running to my daughters' cheerleading and baseball games, I'm teaching my 18-month old son how to throw a left handed slider. I'm an avid fan of the L.A. Dodgers, the Dallas Cowboys (don't hate), and UNC basketball.