49ers vs. Panthers: 3 easy predictions to make for Week 5

Vance McDonald #89 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco 49ers head to the East Coast to do battle with the Carolina Panthers in Week 5. What are some easy predictions for the game?

Going into Week 5, the 2-2 San Francisco 49ers head to Charlotte to take on the Carolina Panthers.

At the moment, the Panthers sit at 1-3, which is only one game behind the Niners. But the stories of these two teams, however, are vastly different. Sure, while no game is a given, San Francisco should feel very confident heading into Bank of America Stadium this Sunday against a scuffling Carolina squad.

The passing offense for the Panthers ranks 30th with 166 yards passing per game, and their rushing offense ranks 24th in the league with 96.3 yards rushing per game.

That puts the Panthers’ offense at 32nd in the league with 262.3 total yards per game.

On defense, Carolina is slightly better, but nowhere near top-notch. The Panthers rank 11th against the pass, giving up 212 passing yards per game. Against the run they are 25th, giving up 134 yards rushing per game.

Overall, that puts Carolina’s defense at 18th overall in total yards allowed per game, giving up 346 yards per game.

Having said all that, this looks to be a very promising matchup for the 49ers from a numbers perspective, but it bears stating again, this game is not at all a “gimmie.”

The Niners have struggled mightily on the road thus far, but if they can continue to play at an elite level on defense and play mistake-free offense, they will be able to leave Carolina with a victory.

What are some things we can expect, though, in San Francisco’s Week 5 matchup?

Let’s take a look at three predictions for the game on Sunday.