On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers return to Lambeau Field to take on the Carolina Panthers. Walker Clement of Cat Scratch Reader kindly volunteered to answer our questions about the Panthers and provide some insight into their strengths and weaknesses.
APC: This Sunday, Kyle Allen will once again start in place of Cam Newton, who continues to deal with a foot injury. Based on what you’ve seen from Allen over the first half of the season, what are his strengths and weaknesses as a quarterback?
Allen is generally a pretty safe and sound decision-maker as a quarterback. The only time his decisions really get him in trouble are when they rely on abilities that he, physically, does not have. That ties into his greatest weakness, which is a lack of arm strength and accuracy when throwing deep. Multiple times a game he has shown a propensity for throwing to an open Curtis Samuel down the field only to have the ball hit the turf several yards behind Samuel or drop closer to a trailing defender.
Hopefully, the cold and windy forecast will curtail some of those deep options simply from a game planning perspective. Allen has proven that he certainly won’t hold himself back from attempting those shots. He has the spirit of a gun slinging Brett Favre or Jake Delhomme, just without the tools that made either of them very or mildly successful, respectively.
We’d like to thank Walker. Be sure to check out the rest of our Q&A session with Cat Scratch Reader over the course of the week as well as our Q&A session over there. As always, keep your internet machines tuned to Acme Packing Company this Sunday for our comprehensive game-day coverage of Panthers versus Packers.