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12-06-2019, 09:27 AM,
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The Carolina Panthers’ 24-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday was ugly. Despite 444 yards of offense Michael Palardy Jersey , nothing seemed to click for the Panthers in their fourth straight loss. Cam Newton was picked off a whopping four times. The offensive line did little to stop the Buccaneers defense from being in Newton’s face and the lack of protection resulted in four sacks. Third-down conversions were another area of struggle for the Panthers, who didn’t convert their first third down until the third quarter. On Sunday, the Cleveland Browns had their own struggles. In their 29-13 loss to the Houston Texans, the Browns were unable to stop Deshaun Watson or the Texans’ run game. The Browns’ defense allowed for 187 rushing yards and Watson threw for 224 yards and a touchdown. After a 23-0 halftime deficit, the Browns’ defense was able to hold the Texans to just two field goals in the second half, but it wasn’t enough for a win. The Panthers’ playoff hopes have dwindled , but they aren’t entirely gone. Here are the three keys for Carolina’s offense to come away with a win in Cleveland. Protect the quarterback: On Wednesday, Newton admitted that he’s not 100% healthy. Any type of hit on Newton will only do more harm for his weary right throwing shoulder. Aside from the four sacks, Newton buckled and threw four interceptions thanks to the pressure the Bucs’ defense put on him. Giving Newton the protection he needs has been an ongoing issue since the bye week and it doesn’t seem to get any better. Myles Garrett is on pace to break the Browns’ franchise record for sacks in a season. Garrett recorded 1.5 of the Browns’ four sacks against the Texans. He will be a force to reckon with if Carolina can’t find a way to block him.Rely on short passes: The Panthers’ haven’t been pushing the ball downfield much, which is likely a result of Newton’s shoulder. With the Browns being 29 of 32 in passing defense, Carolina shouldn’t abandon throwing the ball. It’s clear that Newton is likely not throwing the ball deep in Cleveland, considering he is only 3-for-12 on throws traveling more than 20 yards in the last three weeks. However , even with Greg Olsen on injured reserve, Carolina still has talent at wide receiver to turn short catches into big plays.D.J. Moore currently leads all rookie wide receivers with 759 yards from scrimmage and has the ability to be used as a weapon in the passing game. In addition, Curtis Samuel has also developed into a reliable target. Run CMC: In comparison to their passing defense, the Browns are 28 of 32 in running defense. Christian McCaffrey has been on the field for 97.4% of the Panthers’ plays. They need stick to what works: McCaffrey. The second year running back is already having a historic season. He leads the NFL in receptions over the last eight weeks and he’s seventh in the league for rushing yards (863). He’s a workhorse and Carolina’s best weapon at this point. If the Panthers are to turn around their season, they must win one game at a time. In order to take home a win against the Browns, Carolina’s offense needs to allow Newton time to not overthink and stick to what works. PITTSBURGH (AP) — Beatrice Mompremier scored 23 points with 13 rebounds and No. 25 Miami kept Pitt winless in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 65-51 victory on Sunday.Mompremier was 9-of-12 shooting in posting her 19th double-double this season and Emese Hof added 11 points and 11 rebounds for her ninth double-double this season.Miami (21-5 , 9-2) led by one after the first quarter then opened the second period with 13 straight points. Pitt’s only points were a pair of free throws in the final minute to cut the deficit to 32-20 at halftime. Pitt missed all 10 field-goal attempts in the period.Mompremier had six points in an 8-0 spurt to a 17-point lead midway through the third period and the Hurricanes remained comfortably in front.Danielle Garven scored 13 points for the Panthers (9-16, 0-11), who made only 2 of 19 3-point attempts.Miami, which was coming off a win over defending national champion Notre Dame, has won the last five meetings with Pitt and 10 of the last 11.Pitt is still looking for its first win since defeating Duquesne on Dec. 29.

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