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Panthers Headed for a Critical Four-Game Stretch Starting Sunday Against Tampa

The 5-2 Panthers are a team that looks like they can be a force when it comes to the NFC. They have an offense that can score points and put up some big numbers, and their defense is nothing to sneeze at.

The team is still looking up at the 6-1 Saints, and if they are going to overtake them it’s not going to be easy, but they can do it if they keep playing at the level they showed Sunday with their win over the Baltimore Ravens.

Today we take a look at the teams’ next four games, a critical stretch in which the team will have to keep playing at a high level to stay in the race for a possible wild card spot or even a division title in the NFC.

November 4th vs Tampa Bay

This Sunday is a big NFC South game as the Panthers face the Bucs, a team that they will see later on down the road in Tampa as well. The Bucs have had an up and down 2018, with QB changes as well as some big wins (Saints), and awful losses (Steelers). The Panthers know this team can score, and will have to be on their toes offensively.

November 8th at Pittsburgh

Four days after the matchup with the Bucs, the Panthers travel to take on the first-place Steelers in Pittsburgh at Heinz Field in a Thursday night showdown. The Steelers are on a three-game win streak, and have started to look like one of the best teams again in the AFC after a slow start. A road game on a short week won’t be easy for the Cats.

November 18th at Detroit

The Panthers get a 10-day break after the matchup with the Steelers, as they will travel to Detroit to take on the Lions, a team that sits at 3-4 and has been very up and down much like Tampa. With Matthew Stafford and their offense you can’t overlook this team, and playing at Ford Field it will be an interesting test for the Panthers.

November 25th vs Seattle

The final game of the next four will see the Panthers play host to the Seattle Seahawks, another team eyeing the playoffs with a wild card birth in the NFC (they’re not catching the Rams). Seattle has won two in a row, sitting at 4-3 on the season. Playing at home will give the Panthers a big edge, but you can never count Russell Wilson and the Hawks out.

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