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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 Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

How the LA Chargers beat the Carolina Panthers: Limit the mistakes

There are very few teams in the NFL that I would say this about as truly anything could happen on any given Sunday. However, the LA Chargers are a significantly better team than the Carolina Panthers and the only way I could see the Chargers losing this game is if they shot themselves in the foot (as they have in the past) with costly mistakes and turnovers.

The Panthers are going to feed the ball to Christian McCaffrey and he is likely going to have a big game. That is simply something that the Chargers are going to have to deal with and as long as the team can be efficient in third and short/mid situations then they should be just fine.

The receiving corps is not going to have a great day coming up against this secondary and while Teddy B played great in New Orleans, he is longer playing under an offensive mastermind in Sean Payton with one of the best offensive lines in the NFL.

Offensively, it is hard to see how the Panthers are going to be successful against the Chargers. The Panthers allowed the fourth-most rushing yards per game last season and did not do anything to make the run defense any better, which fits right into the Chargers’ identity.

I also think this has the potential to be Tyrod Taylor’s best game of the season. The Panthers’ secondary was already not-so-great and it arguably got worse this offseason. With all of the weapons on the Chargers offense, as well as the stout defense, this really should be a game that the Chargers win by 14+.

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It is a bold claim but as long as the team does not come out and make mistake after mistake (which we all know is a possibility) then this should be a walk in the park and probably the team’s first-ever win at SoFi Stadium.

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