- Ken Moll, Scouts Inc.
This should be an intriguing matchup between a once-dominant NFC club that has struggled to find it's footing of late and one of the most talented NFL teams. At first glance, this contest would appear to be somewhat of a mismatch, but with question marks involving several key players for the Chargers this could be a game that may not be determined until late in the fourth quarter.
When Carolina has the ball
Carolina offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson will take a run-first approach to this contest and try to limit the number of opportunities the talented Chargers' offense will have to score. With the addition of first-round RT Jeff Otah, the Panthers will make no bones about pounding the ball between the tackles with RB DeAngelo Williams and rookie RB Jonathan Stewart. Williams has deceptive power, but is best on off-tackle bounce plays and perimeter schemes where he can showcase his burst and quickness. Stewart is a strong downhill runner, but may find it tough sledding versus this stout San Diego front anchored by powerful NT Jamal Williams.
Carolina is missing a few pieces, but still has enough to present a big challenge for San Diego.