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Panthers look to slow suddenly surging Dolphins

2021-11-25 18:22:33 GMT+00:00 – The Carolina Panthers possible are wanting ahead to hitting the street on Sunday to face the Miami Dolphins.

Carolina (5-6) has misplaced 4 straight dwelling video games however sports a 3-2 document on the street this season. The Panthers opened this week as a 2 1/2-point favourite over the Dolphins (4-7), who personal a 2-3 document at dwelling.

A giant concern in Carolina this season is run protection.

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In their six losses, the Panthers have allowed a mean of 163 dashing yards per sport. That consists of 190 dashing yards permitted in final week’s 27-21 loss to the Washington Football Team.

“It’s very concerning,” Panthers coach Matt Rhule stated. “People say the running game doesn’t matter. But when you are trying to control the game, the run matters.”

Carolina is not working with a naked cabinet.

The Panthers do have high quality expertise in defensive finish Brian Burns, outdoors linebackers Shaq Thompson and Haason Reddick, cornerback Donte Jackson and security Jeremy Chinn.

Reddick, who had a career-high 12.5 sacks final yr, already has 10.5 this season. Burns, who had a career-high 9 sacks in 2020, has seven this season.

Thompson and Jackson are tied for the crew lead with two interceptions every. Thompson is second on the crew with 56 tackles.

Chinn leads the crew with 71 tackles, and that features a game-high 13 final week.

Offensively, the Panthers made the change at quarterback from Sam Darnold to Cam Newton. Darnold went 4-5 as a starter, and he had seven landing passes and 11 interceptions.

Newton, who had three touchdowns (two passing, one dashing) and no picks final week, has misplaced 9 straight begins with the Panthers courting to the 2018 season.

“I thought Cam was excellent,” Rhule stated, when requested to assess Newton’s first begin again with the Panthers.

Newton’s prime threats are operating again Christian McCaffrey and extensive receivers Robby Anderson and DJ Moore.

But the Panthers have a few damage considerations to beginning offensive lineman. Left sort out Dennis Daley (glute) was a full participant in Wednesday’s follow, whereas proper guard John Miller (ankle) was restricted.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins — regardless of their 1-7 begin — consider they’ve a shot on the playoffs.

That’s based mostly partially on Miami’s present three-game profitable streak, though a pair of these victories had been towards the Houston Texans (2-8) and New York Jets (2-8).

Then once more, the Dolphins might need cause to be optimistic. Its subsequent three video games are towards Carolina, the New York Giants (3-7) and a rematch with the Jets.

“We didn’t start this season the way we wanted to, but we’re becoming hungrier,” Dolphins operating again Myles Gaskin stated.

Miami’s offense is led by second-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who has been considerably disappointing as a downfield passer. Last week, although, he riddled a rookie-laden Jets secondary and accomplished 27 of 33 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns.

Gaskin, who ran 23 occasions for 89 yards towards the Jets, may do some enterprise towards Carolina’s porous rush protection.

Most of Miami’s large performs, nevertheless, have been produced by tight finish Mike Gesicki and rookie extensive receiver Jaylen Waddle.

Miami’s largest concern is on protection with quite a few key gamers trying to work by means of accidents. That checklist consists of main tackler Jerome Baker (knee), fellow linebacker Elandon Roberts (hip) and defensive sort out Christian Wilkins (quad).

The largest concern could possibly be at security, the place Jevon Holland (knee/ankle), Brandon Jones (ankle/elbow) and Eric Rowe (hip) confirmed up on the damage entrance.

–Field Level Media

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Nov 21, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule during the first quarter against the Washington Football Team at Bank of America Stadium.   Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 21, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson (24) tries to elude Carolina Panthers linebacker Haason Reddick (43) during the second half at Bank of America Stadium.  Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 21, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson (26) during the second half against the Washington Football Team at Bank of America Stadium.   Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

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