Gridiron Gab NFL Week One Preview – Carolina at Arizona

Finally, it’s time to get down to some real football. Time to get out to your favorite place to pile in a plate of buffalo wings while enjoying a beer and the Panthers playing on the big screen. Emotions are running high as Carolina prepares for it’s regular season debut against Arizona. Although many believe this game will be a victory for Arizona, there are other factors that give hope that the Panthers will keep it close and possibly pull out a win.

Even in comparing last year’s stats, it is possible to see some things that will favor Carolina in tomorrow’s game. The first is the running game. Last year the Cards ranked last averaging only 86.8 yards per game, while the Panthers averaged 115.4 yards per game with two injured running backs (Williams, Stewart) and Mike Goodson. Who is Arizona’s starting back? Beanie Wells who ran for 397 yards and 2 TD’s last season. With virtually no run game, offensive game plan #1 for Cardinals will be moving the ball effectively through the air.

As for the defense, it looks to be one of the Panthers’ biggest concerns this year.

To find out who wins read the remainder of the preview at Panthers Gab


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