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LA Chargers 2020 opponent preview: Carolina Panthers

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - DECEMBER 29: Christian McCaffrey #22 of the Carolina Panthers during the second half during their game against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - DECEMBER 29: Christian McCaffrey #22 of the Carolina Panthers during the second half during their game against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The LA Chargers face off against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3.

The 2020 season is fast approaching and with all of the big moves of the offseason already being behind us, we thought it would be fitting to start previewing the LA Chargers‘ opponents during the 2020 season.

We already broke down the team’s Week 1 opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals, breaking down the Bengals’ key additions and subtractions from the offseason as well as what it would take for the Chargers to beat the Bengals and open their 2020 season with a victory.

Two weeks later, the LA Chargers host their first non-divisional opponent at the brand new SoFi Stadium, with or without fans (hopefully), in the Carolina Panthers. The Chargers host the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2, but we are saving the division opponents for last.

The Panthers are in a similar boat as the Chargers, but not entirely. Both teams are coming off of disappointing 2020 seasons in which they went 5-11 and the two teams have the two best receiving running backs in the league in Christian McCaffrey and Austin Ekeler.

The Panthers are undergoing a head coach change and a quarterback change while the Chargers are undergoing an offensive coordinator change and a quarterback change.

But how do the two teams stack up talent-wise on paper? Let’s break it down.

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