What the Raiders should expect from the Carolina Panthers in Week 1

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Raiders take on Teddy Bridgewater and the new-look Panthers Sunday (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The Las Vegas Raiders travel to Carolina to take on the Panthers this Sunday, and we sat down with Cat Crave expert Dean Jones to discuss the matchup.

The newest Era of Raiders football will kick off this Sunday, as the team will travel East to take on the Carolina Panthers in Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season. The fact that there is even an NFL season is a contrast to how things looked a few months ago, but here we are, a few days away from Raiders football.

To get ready for the team’s opener against the Panthers, we called upon a team expert to answer some questions for us leading into the game. Dean Jones does a tremendous job over at Cat Crave, and you should look at all the content he has from the Panthers perspective when you can.

As we inch closer to Week 1, here are some of the questions we sat down with Jones and asked him.

What is the franchise’s expectations for Teddy Bridgewater?

Teddy Bridgewater has worked hard to come back from a career-threatening injury to earn a starting spot again. But he is joining a franchise who let the face of the team walk this offseason, so he will be trying to fill the void left by Cam Newton.

He takes most things in his stride, so if Bridgewater just focuses on what he can do, rather than trying to emulate Newton, then it is going to do his chances a world of good. The Panthers need him to be accurate and get the ball to their strong wide receiver group. This became a real problem for the team in 2019, and should see a marked improvement under Joe Brady’s scheme.

This is a period of transition for the Panthers, so whatever success Bridgewater can generate will be a bonus. His story is hard not to get behind, but he will need to start well and prove his worth to win those fans around who remain fiercely loyal to the 2015 NFL MVP.

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