This is not good news to be an optimistic fan; we’ve gotten used to this.
In addition, I’m beginning to think the Steelers might have to address the depth at OLB which is a big need. That said, Mike Adams was cut this week and he has some promise, but if the Steelers feel you are not worth their cap space, they might as well go the other way.
Panthers at Packers
This game has been written about for a while now, but with some interesting tidbits. (See: http://theinsider.wilsoncenter.com/news/20170721/panthers-suspension-changes-in-progress )
On one side of the ball, I get why the Panthers would be willing to release Brandon LaFell and I think they want to make a move that will make it for them. The same is true of the Packers, if Aaron Rodgers has decided that you can no longer count on him to be the starter for the foreseeable future, and the Packers need to address their running back issues, or at least get the ball in their offense more than their defense for the next two. The Panthers cannot run the ball effectively enough to compete with the Green Bay pass rush and the Packers defense. This would allow the Panthers to put more pressure on the Packers QB this year and then let the Panthers get into the playoffs.
In addition, with Kelvin Benjamin sidelined with a rib injury and the running game that the Panthers run, it would be smart to go with Cam Newton, or at the very least something closer to him. Cameron Brate (whose most recent injury was severe enough that he missed the training camp and preseason games), and even a fourth receiver could do some damage to one of the best front fours in football, but I am not sure that a true ball carrier should be a factor in the Panthers offense.
In the end, I have a hard time seeing the Panthers scoring another touchdowns at Lambeau. This means that this is a two point game until the last minute, and if not for Aaron Rodgers, it might be close, but it is not close, either. The Panthers need to win this game, and if they have to go on the road to do so, I would rather watch Rodgers take the ball than to see them trying to score against a mediocre Packers linebacking corps.
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