Game 2 Quick Preview: Lions visit Carolina Panthers

The Detroit Lions, fresh off a 35-14 beating of the New York Giants on Monday Night Football, head to Carolina for a Week 2 matchup versus the Panthers.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton should be seeing his first action of the season, after sitting out his team’s season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Panthers still pulled out a win against the Buccaneers, whom the Lions will face in a Week 14 game at home.

The Lions last faced off against the Panthers at home in 2011; Newton’s rookie season. It was a high-scoring affair with the Lions coming out on top, 49-35. Newton threw a career-high 4 interceptions in that game. With three full seasons, Newton is now a more polished player, and less likely prone to making the mistakes he made during his first campaign.

It will be interesting to see if the Lions can strike early and often, just as they did against the Giants in Week 1. The Panthers had the league’s 2nd-best defense a year ago and are a tough opponent in terms of passing defense. Head Coach Jim Caldwell and the offensive staff will have to devise a game plan for QB Matthew Stafford and our play-makers. This will be an early test for our offense that will prepare us for other games against top-ranked defenses from last season. As the Panthers are a conference opponent, the Lions do not have the luxury of letting this game slide.


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