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Five Questions - Carolina Panthers - Week Four Edition

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Unfortunately this week, the Panthers blog Cat Scratch Reader didn't get back to me about the questions, so I decided that Daniel Park would go about answering for them. Personally, I think they didn't answer because they are afraid of us like Ken Lucas is afraid of a Steve Smith haymaker.

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Unfortunately this week, the Panthers blog Cat Scratch Reader didn't get back to me about the questions, so I decided that Daniel Park would go about answering for them. Personally, I think they didn't answer because they are afraid of us like Ken Lucas is afraid of a Steve Smith haymaker.

*Just as a note, we just decided to have some fun in order to keep this feature going this week... no harm no foul meant to any Panther fans.

Q1: The Panthers seem to be out of running backs right now after a tough Steelers Sunday night game. DeAngelo Williams seems to be improving and should suit up for the game, but what is the plan if he gets dinged or isn't on point? Is there anyone else on the roster that we can expect to see carry the ball for the Panthers?

A: Matthew, I have no clue what the Panthers would do if DeAngelo Williams goes down. Mike Tolbert is eligible to return in Week 13. As for Jonathan Stewart, I'd expect him to nurse his severely sprained knee on the sidelines.

We possess three inexperienced youngsters in Fozzy Whittaker, Tauren Poole, and Darrin Reaves who could share the load if Williams re-aggravates his hamstring injury, however, with names like Fozzy, Tauren and Darrin, we're in for a long afternoon. I believe Fozzy is a ninja.

Q2: Of course Steve Smith is facing his old team and that is the main storyline of the week. Do you guys regret letting him go this offseason?

A: Are you cereal? It's too early to cry. The man is almost 40-years-old. Sure his 290 receiving yards is already 39 percent of his 745-yard total in 2013, but that's because the Ravens have no one else to throw the ball to. Torrey Smith is overrated and Marlon Brown's career is over. Do you know who Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin is?

How the old geezer gets opened is mind-boggling. OK ... I cried last night.

Q3: The Panthers were expected to have one of the better defenses in the league coming into this season. The Steelers pounded the Panthers Sunday night. What happened and is it just a fluke or did the Steelers create a gameplan that the Ravens can utilize?

A: Le'Veon Bell is a superstar, the sole reason why you drafted Arthur Brown in 2013's NFL Draft. As for the Steelers creating a gameplan that the Ravens can utilize? Our defense is 27th best in the league when stopping the run. We're better than five teams out there.

To be honest with you, most of our players on defense despise bees. I've had lunch with Luke Kuechly and Charles Johnson. They loathe anything black-and-yellow; they woefully told me how bee stings traumatized their childhoods. Tears and backyard football stories over steak, yes. Why else would we have lost to the Steelers. ...

Q4: The Ravens have been able to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks, but only 2 sacks. Yet the Panthers offensive line seems to be one of the worst the Ravens will face this season. Where should the Ravens focus their pass rush to have that sack total rise?

A: I feel as if your defense could blitz more on 2nd and 3rd-down situations. When they pin down an offense still on their side of the 50, I'd question why the Ravens aren't sending in more pass rushers off the edge. Elvis Dumervil, Courtney Upshaw and Terrell Suggs should sack us at least four total times today.

Q5: Cam Newton has been on fire this season. How do the Ravens slow the Panthers’ passing attack down featuring Cam Newton, Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen?

A: He's done well for us yes. Both defenses (Detroit, Pittsburgh) registered a total of seven sacks, which is probably answering the next question, but if C.J. Mosley shuts down Olsen, Jimmy Smith can toughen up against Benjamin, I'm sure you'll handily win the time of possession battle.

Q6: What are the keys to a Panthers victory on Sunday?

A: Protect Cam. Stop Lorenzo Taliaferro and Justin Forsett. Win the time of possession battle. Force turnovers.

Q7: What are the keys to a Ravens victory on Sunday?

A: Win takeaway war. Flacco must stay sharp (67 percent accuracy). Taliferro + J-Force = 30 carries, 160 yards. Blind Newton. Jimmy Smith locks down the rookie monster.