When the Panthers signed Teddy Bridgewater to be their new starting quarterback in March, there were questions about whether he was a high-priced bridge starter or someone they tabbed to run their promising new offense under Joe Brady for several seasons. Early into his first season with his fourth NFL team, Bridgewater, who replaced Cam Newton, looks like a keeper at the game's most important position.
Chris Allen takes a close look at the Week 8 opener between the Falcons and Panthers and recaps all of the news coming out of Wednesday. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
But Julio Jones doesn’t carry an injury designation so there’s some hope the game can hit the over (51.5) to start Week 8. It may be blasphemous to designate a wide receiver as The Engine of an offense, but Jones’ three-week stretch dealing with a hamstring injury was a clear detriment to the team. In Weeks 3 through 5, Matt Ryan completed just 59.6% of his passes and threw just one touchdown in that span.