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Panthers Sign Chandler Catanzaro

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The Carolina Panthers have signed veteran kicker Chandler Catanzaro, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

Catanzaro, who played this season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will serve as insurance for the Panthers as they await the return of kicker Graham Gano.

In a corresponding move, the Panthers placed guard Amini Silatolu on inured reserve with a knee injury.

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Panthers’ Greg Olsen Done For Season

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Carolina Panthers veteran tight end Greg Olsen is officially out for the remainder of the season after rupturing the plantar fascia on his right foot, according to ESPN’s David Newton.

The 33-year old Olseon missed 3 games at the start of the season due to a fracture in his right foot, the same foot that has hindered him for two seasons forced him to miss 9 games during the 2017 season.

Olsen hauled in 26 receptions for 278 yards and four touchdowns for Carolina this season and could either retire or be cut by the team during the offseason.

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Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions surprising victory over the Carolina Panthers, putting them at 4-6.

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1. The Lions made the most of what they could for offense

With Marvin Jones and Michael Roberts both out with injuries, the Lions had to make best with what they had on the roster. Kenny Golladay took full advantage of this as he had 113 yards receiving with an incredible touchdown catch to take the lead late in the game. Also, Kerryon Johnson was having a great game until he injured his knee, which left Theo Riddick and LeGarrette Blount to handle running back duties. The offense was only able to put up 20 points, but that is all they needed for victory.

2. The defense only had three sacks, but they were timely sacks

When the Lions defense got their sacks in this game, they ended up benefiting every time. Two of the sacks ended up forcing a punt, and the 3rd sack ended up backing up the Panthers try at a field goal attempt, which was then missed. Ziggy Ansah, Jarrod Davis, and Devon Kennard all accounted for these sacks. One thing that has been consistent with Patricia this year is blitzing the linebackers, which has led to a lot of them getting sacks this year.

3. The Lions did get lucky on that two point conversion

After the Panthers scored with 1:07 left in the game, everybody thought the Panthers would attempt the extra point to take the game into overtime. But, considering that Panthers kicker Graham Gano missed an extra point earlier in the game, head coach Ron Rivera decided to go for the two point conversion and the win. On this two point conversion, Cam Newton did have a receiver open on the play, but he just missed the throw. This ended up costing the Panthers the game and helped Detroit’s playoff hopes alive.

The Detroit Lions have been very odd this year. When they play teams that analysts and most fans think they are going to lose, they end up winning. But, then in games where the Lions should win or at least be competitive in, they end up losing. This victory keeps the Lions playoff hopes alive and makes the Thanksgiving game against the Bears their biggest game of the season. It’ll be very interesting to see what happens next for this team, especially considering how good the Chicago Bears have looked these past few weeks.

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Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions loss to the Chicago Bears, keeping them last in the NFC North at 3-6.

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1. The defense didn’t help the offense and the offense didn’t help the defense

Right from the start of this game, the Lions defense could not stop the Bears offense. The Bears scored on every possession in the 1st half of the game while the Lions offense was only able to put up seven points in the 1st half. But, when the defense made adjustments and were able to get a few stops in the 2nd half, the offense wasn’t able to return the favor as they would either turn the ball over or struggle to get 1st downs. This is why the lead was so large for the Bears that the Lions couldn’t try and comeback from it. 

2. Darius Slay was clearly missed this game

The Bears receivers had a field day against the Lions secondary in this game. Allen Robinson was one of them as he had his best game of the season with two touchdowns and 133 yards. Darius Slay missed this game with a knee injury and he would’ve probably been the one to guard Robinson this game. But, none of the secondary was really able to get a stop so Slay would’ve been able to only do so much for the defense.

 

3. Nobody really stuck out this game

There really wasn’t anybody or anything that really impressed this game. The defense looked bad from the start, the offense was bad too, and special teams were average.

This game was bad for the Lions as soon as the opening kickoff happened. This loss keeps Detroit at the bottom of the NFC North and there was truly nothing positive to come out of this game. Things are only looking worse for the team as they lost both big divisional games that were going to determine where their season was headed. The Lions host the Panthers next week and Carolina is looking for revenge after their embarrassment against the Steelers. With how bad the Lions have played recently and a playoff team coming into Ford Field next week, the rest of this season may be dark for Lions fans. 

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