Oakland vs. Carolina: 10 Keys to the Game for Carolina

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Oakland vs. Carolina: 10 Keys to the Game for Carolina
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The Carolina Panthers will attempt to beat a team from the AFC West for the second straight week as the Oakland Raiders visit Charlotte in Week 16. 

The Raiders are one of the worst teams in the NFL and will miss the playoffs for the ninth straight season. 

Oakland is 4-10, with two of those victories coming against the abysmal Kansas City Chiefs. The Raiders have only beaten one team with a winning record, and that came way back in Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers

Since Week 4, the Raiders have been beaten by double-digits six time, and the end of their ineptitude does not appear to be in sight. 

In recent weeks, the Panthers have looked like the team the fanbase expected to be at the start of the season. Although it's too little too late to make a late playoff push, playing quality football is never a bad thing.  

This game is another opportunity for the Panthers to lay the groundwork for a successful 2013. 

If the Panthers dominate in the following key areas, then they will have no problem vanquishing the dreaded Silver and Black 

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