The Carolina Panthers began the 2018 NFL season with a 16-8 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, but lost to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2. Despite jumping out to an early lead against their NFC South rivals, the Panthers struggled on both sides of the ball in their 31-24 loss to the Falcons.
Nonetheless, the Panthers still had a chance to tie things on the final play of the game, which was nearly a miraculous touchdown pass from Cam Newton to rookie wide receiver D.J. Moore. But it was not to be, as Carolina lost by one score to continue its recent struggles against Atlanta.
This week, the Panthers turn their attention to the Cincinnati Bengals, who enter Week 3 with a perfect 2-0 record. After defeating the Indianapolis Colts by a 34-23 final in Week 1, the Bengals beat the Baltimore Ravens by the exact same score in Week 2.
To avoid entering their bye week under .500, the Panthers will have to clean up what they did wrong against the Falcons. The question is, are they up to the task as they return home to face one of the NFL’s nine remaining undefeated teams?
Carolina needs to pick up as many wins as it can right now because the NFC South appears to be one of the strongest divisions in football. The Panthers also need to protect home field like they did against Dallas in the season opener.
With that said, here’s a look at the Panthers’ three keys to victory against the Bengals in Week 3.
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