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DJ Moore needs to have a big game for the Panthers against Packers

The Carolina Panthers will go to Lambeau Field to face the Green Bay Packers in Week 10. If the Panthers want to pull off the upset, DJ Moore needs a big game against the Packers.

Without a doubt, Green Bay is revolving their entire defensive gameplan to slowing down Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey has been absolutely unstoppable and there’s no reason to believe that the Packers have the personnel to do so.

Even with that being the case, Carolina is still going to need to be able to throw the ball to someone besides McCaffrey. The Panthers’ dual-threat running back is extremely talented, but you can’t have him touch the ball on every play (even though that would probably benefit them).

As a result, Moore is going to have to aid in Carolina’s efforts to defeat the Packers. With Devin Funchess departing this past offseason, Moore has become the team’s No. 1 wide receiver in 2019.

In his new role, the second-year wideout out of Maryland leads the team with 45 receptions for 564 yards. However, his one touchdown on the season is fourth on the team behind McCaffrey, Curtis Samuel, and Greg Olsen.

Since Kyle Allen has become the starting quarterback, Moore has seen a fairly consistent share of targets. In his past six games, Moore has seen an average of seven targets per game. With those targets, he has averaged nearly five receptions for 66.5 yards.

Despite Green Bay’s secondary being littered with talent, their pass defense has shown that they can be had through the air. Presently, the Packers own the 21st ranked pass defense in the NFL, allowing 255.2 passing yards per game.

In light of that, the Panthers should be able to throw the ball with some success in Week 10. Given that, that means that the rushing attack led by McCaffrey will have a better chance of succeeding.

Moore is obviously Carolina’s best wide receiver and will draw some interest from the opposing defense. With that being said, the Panthers do a good job moving him around to give him more opportunities to get himself open.

On the other side of the field, Aaron Rodgers is undoubtedly going to have his offense ready following an embarrassing loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 9.  The Packers also have a dangerous trio of their own in Rodgers, Davante Adams, and Aaron Jones.

To combat Green Bay’s offensive firepower, Carolina will desperately need Moore to have a big-time performance. If not, the chances of the Panthers of improving to 6-3 are dim.