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Detroit Lions vs. Carolina Panthers 11/22/2020 NFL Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Detroit Lions visit the Carolina Panthers on 11/22/2020 at 1:00PM.

Detroit and Carolina face off in a critical regular season game as part of this unpredictable and chaotic 2020 NFL Season. Detroit has a record of 4-5 this season. Carolina is 3-7 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Detroit Team Defense Preview

Detroit faces 6.6 plays per drive, they hold opponents to 38.8 yards per drive, and opponents score 2.74 points per offensive possession. 44.1% of the time on defensive possessions, opponents will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but 8.6% of the time, they force opposing offenses to turn the ball over. Their offensive drives start typically at their opponent’s Own 25.6 yard line, they usually take up 3:03 of time.

This defense holds opposing quarterbacks to a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 99.6 and 1.6% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Detroit has caused a sack rate of 3.9% this season.

We will get more situational with Detroit and examine various situations. They have faced 113 third down attempts this season and opponents have converted 54 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 47.8%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had to wall up against 13 fourth down attempts this season and opponents have converted 8 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 61.5%. Defenses need to prevent possessions from reaching the Red Zone. They have allowed 36 Red Zone entrances this season and their opponents have converted 26 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a conversion rate of 72.2%.

Detroit Team Offense Preview

Detroit has 6.1 plays per drive, they generate 33.6 yards per drive, and this offense puts up 2.35 points per drive. 43.8% of the time on offensive possessions, they will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but on 8.3% of offensive possessions, they find cough the ball up to the opponent. Their possessions start on average at their Own 29.3 and these drives usually take up 2:39 of time.

On 5.6% of passes thrown, it results in a touchdown and on 2.5% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Detroit has given up 22 sacks this season and this has resulted in 167 yards lost.

Detroit rushed for 4.2 yards per carry and for 101.6 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 4 times this season.

Let’s get situational with the Detroit and examine various situations. They have had 112 third down attempts this season and successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 46 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 41.1%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had 9 fourth down attempts this season and have converted 6 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 66.7%. It is critical for offenses to get the ball into the Red Zone. They have had 36 Red Zone entrances this season and successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 21 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 58.3%.

Carolina Team Defense Preview

Carolina yields 7.0 plays per drive, they hold opponents to 39.7 yards per drive, and opponents score 2.91 points per offensive possession. 54.7% of the time on defensive possessions, opponents will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but 13.7% of the time, they force opposing offenses to turn the ball over. Their offensive drives start typically at their opponent’s Own 31.7 yard line, they typically last 3:07.

This defense holds opposing quarterbacks to a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 97.8 and on 1.3% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Carolina has caused a sack rate of 2.9% this season.

Examining Carolina in a few key defensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have encountered 123 opponent third down attempts this season and opponents successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 68 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 55.3%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had to wall up against 2 fourth down attempts this season and opponents have converted 2 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 100.0%. Defensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone, which is why defenses strive to avoid this from happening. They have had allowed offenses 41 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and their opponents have converted 24 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a conversion rate of 58.5%.

Carolina Team Offense Preview

Carolina has run 6.6 plays per drive and this offense averages 36.9 yards per drive, and this offense puts up 2.47 points per drive. On 47.4% of offensive possessions, they find a way to come away with points, but on 10.5% of offensive possessions, they find cough the ball up to the opponent. Their offensive drives start typically at their Own 27.4 yard line, they usually take up 3:12 of time.

On 3.8% of passes thrown, it results in a touchdown and on 2.1% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Carolina has yielded 21 sacks this season and this has resulted in 139 yards lost.

They rushed for 4.4 yards per carry and for 105.4 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 5 times this season.

Let’s get situational with the Carolina and examine various situations. They have had 116 third down attempts this season and have converted 48 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 41.4%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have willingly and unwillingly encountered 16 fourth down conversion attempts this season and have converted 9 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 56.3%. Offensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone. They have had 32 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 20 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 62.5%.

The Detroit Roster

The Players to Watch for Detroit

Matthew Stafford QB 6-3 220

This season, Matthew Stafford has put up 2403 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has thrown 7 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 96.2thus far this season. Matthew Stafford has thrown 7 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Matthew Stafford has 77 rushing yards, which puts him in the 61.76 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 17 times this season, which puts him in the 50.0 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Adrian Peterson RB 6-1 220

This season, Adrian Peterson has 371 rushing yards on 97 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 2 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Adrian Peterson picked up 78 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 11 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Danny Amendola WR 5-11 185

This season, Danny Amendola picked up 411 yards. He caught the ball 28 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Danny Shelton DT 6-2 345

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Detroit, Danny Shelton has 12 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 1 times this season, which put him in the 58.04 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Romeo Okwara DE 6-4 263

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Detroit, Romeo Okwara has 21 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 6 times this season, which put him in the 88.71 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 1.0 fumbles this season.

Tracy Walker FS 6-1 210

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Detroit, Tracy Walker had 37 tackles which puts him in the 81.16 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Tracy Walker as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 21.55 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Jeff Okudah CB 6-1 205

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Detroit, Jeff Okudah had 36 tackles which puts him in the 94.02 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Jeff Okudah as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 67.24 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

The Carolina Roster

The Players to Watch for Carolina

Teddy Bridgewater QB 6-2 215

This season, Teddy Bridgewater has put up 2552 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has thrown 7 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 98.7thus far this season. Teddy Bridgewater has thrown 7 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Teddy Bridgewater has 196 rushing yards, which puts him in the 88.24 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 35 times this season, which puts him in the 85.29 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 3 rushing touchdowns this season.

Mike Davis RB 5-9 221

This season, Mike Davis has 385 rushing yards on 92 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 2 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Mike Davis picked up 290 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 47 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 2 receiving touchdowns this season.

Robby Anderson WR 6-3 190

This season, Robby Anderson picked up 772 yards. He caught the ball 64 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Derrick Brown DT 6-5 326

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Carolina, Derrick Brown has 15 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 25.89 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Brian Burns DE 6-5 250

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Carolina, Brian Burns has 22 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 4 times this season, which put him in the 72.58 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 3.0 fumbles this season.

Jeremy Chinn FS 6-3 221

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Carolina, Jeremy Chinn had 40 tackles which puts him in the 85.51 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Jeremy Chinn as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 60.34 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Rasul Douglas CB 6-2 209

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Carolina, Rasul Douglas had 29 tackles which puts him in the 78.26 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Rasul Douglas as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 26.44 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Detroit Lions vs. Carolina Panthers Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Detroit Lions 24 Carolina Panthers 28

Spread Pick: Carolina +1.5 -110 bet365
Moneyline Pick: Carolina +105 bet365
Total Pick: Over 46.5 -110 5Dimes