The San Francisco 49ers are looking to stay unbeaten in Week 8. To accomplish this feat, they’ll have to expose some weaknesses in the Carolina Panthers.
If you haven’t heard by now, the San Francisco 49ers are off to their best start since 1990. Six straight wins, boasting the second best defense in the NFL and, oh yeah, their offense is one of the most consistent in the league.
However, they’ll face another legitimate test when the NFC South’s second hottest team rolls into Levi’s Stadium on Sunday, the 4-2 Carolina Panthers.
Carolina comes in with four straight wins, including stealing a dub from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when both squads went to visit London, England. Quarterback Kyle Allen, who replaced Cam Newton because of injury, is 4-0 with no interceptions. The Allen-lead offence has scored 30 or more points in three of the four victories. The Panthers defense has allowed 30 points or more only once this season, which was a 30-27 loss to the Los Angeles Rams way back in Week 1.
Like any team, however, there are is always weaknesses. The 49ers may have some trouble with all the hype discussed above, but they aren’t undefeated for no reason. They’ll need to continue to run the ball, capitalize on turnovers and force the Panthers into 3-and-outs as much as possible.
Let’s break down these Panthers weaknesses San Francisco will look to exploit.