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The Panthers have to win the battle up front on both sides of the ball to beat the Tennessee Titans.
The Titans are the worst running team in the National Football League,only averaging about 70 yards a game and around 3.2 yards a carry.
The Panthers are one of the NFL’s worst run defenses, though.
The Panthers give up around the 133 rushing yards a game and start two rookie defensive tackles and two backup linebackers due to season ending injuries to Thomas Davis and Jon Beason.
The Titans will be looking to get their struggling running game going against a young and banged up Panthers defense.
If the Panthers can “contain” the Titans running game like they did against a much more powerful Minnesota running game, they will have a pretty good chance to get a huge win at home.
The Panthers also have to establish a running game early.
Recently, the Panthers have used creative playcalling and the talents of Rookie quarterback Cam Newton to become the eighth best rushing attack in the NFL. The Panthers have averaged around five yards a carry over the past few weeks. Before this, they were only averaging a little over two yards a carry.
The Panthers need to hold the Titans to below three yards a carry and average five yards a carry to be able to pull out a victory.