Tennessee Titans at Carolina Panthers Matchup Preview 11/3/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy
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The (4-4) Titans still remain in the playoff hunt despite being in last place in the AFC South. It will take a lot to win that division which is the best division from top to bottom in the AFC. A win here would give them a significant boost as they face a much tougher opponent in the Chiefs next week before moving into divisional play. On the other side of the ball, the (4-3) Panthers will likely be fighting for a wild card spot in a very competitive NFC. The Saints are running away with the division at 7-1, but the Panthers are strong enough to remain in the hunt. They are coming off a tough loss last week in a blowout game against the 49ers, so they will be looking for a rebound this week. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Tennessee Titans at Carolina Panthers matchup page.
Date: Sunday, November 3, 2019
Time: 1:00pm ET
Location: Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, NC
Tennessee Titans: TE Delanie Walker (Q), CB Chris Milton (Q), CB Adoree’ Jackson (Q), CB Joshua Kalu (IR), K Ryan Succop (IR), LB Harold Landry III (Q), CB Malcolm Butler (Q), DT Jurrell Casey (Q), G Rodger Saffold III (Q), C Ben Jones (Q)
Carolina Panthers: QB Cam Newton (O), OT Greg Little (Q), LB Christian Miller (Q), RB Christian McCaffrey (Q), WR Curtis Samuel (Q), DT Vernon Butler (Q), DT Gerald McCoy (Q), S Eric Reid (Q), LB Shaq Thompson (Q), WR Jarius Wright (Q)
Tennessee Titans Analysis
The Titans are coming off a solid win against the Buccaneers. They were able to pick off Jamies Winston twice but allowed Mike Evans to have an insane game against them. Ryan Tannehill had quite the game offensively with three touchdowns. He also spread the ball around to 8 different receivers. The switch from Marcus Mariota to Tannehill seems to be working as they are 2-0 when he has started. Derrick Henry was also effective with the ball as he ran for 75 yards on just 16 carries.
The Panthers have one of the best pass defenses in the NFL but lack heavily in their run defense. They have allowed the most rushing touchdowns at 12 which is 2 more than the next team. Derrick Henry will play as the major key in the Titans’ offense. They may also get lucky defensively if Christian McCaffrey has to be used in a limited role with his shoulder injury. Nonetheless, they will have to be able to limit McCaffrey themselves as he has basically been the Panthers’ whole offense this year. Stopping him and owning the ground game offensively are the keys to victory this week.
Tennessee Titans Depth Chart
Carolina Panthers Analysis
The Panthers looked horrible last week against the 49ers. Tevin Coleman ran all over them with his 4 total touchdowns. Obviously, they can’t allow 51 points and expect to win, but their offense didn’t look good either. Kyle Allen’s perfect record came to an end as well as his 0 interception stat line. In fact, he threw three picks that game. Christian McCaffrey was the only source of anything on offense with his 117 yards on the ground with a touchdown. With a couple of injuries to the offense, they will need all the help from their defense that they can get.
McCaffrey’s health will be the key to victory this week. With Cam Newton out, he has become the majority of the offense. While it is important that they protect him and keep him out of making his knee injury serious, they have to use him a lot still. As the playmaker for the offense, his usage is vital in moving the ball. They don’t have the star receivers necessary to replace his touches and be as effective. Defensively, they can’t allow Derrick Henry to do what Tevin Coleman did to them last week.
Carolina Panthers Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: Henry’s Lucky Day
Derrick Henry is set to have a big game this week. The Panthers just gave up 100+ yards to Tevin Coleman on the ground along with 3 rushing touchdowns (an extra one through the air). This added to their total of the most rushing touchdowns allowed in the NFL. Henry currently sits with 5 rushing touchdowns of his own but is likely to add to this total. His average of 72.6 yards per game ranks 11th among running backs. The Panthers allow 135.1 rushing yards per game which should all be going to Henry this week.