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Oct 4, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) runs in the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

At Carolina Panthers (4-0)

Efficiency through Week 4: 11th in Offense, 4th in Defense

The Panthers have built a reputations as a defensive minded team over the past few years. They have Cam Newton at QB, yet haven’t managed to surround him with talent on offense (injuries haven’t helped either). They’re holding teams to an average of just over 17 points per game.

This is another team that has benefitted from a soft start to the season. Their blowout wins were on the road against the Bucs and Jags, while they had two close wins at home over the Texans and Saints. Those four teams have five wins total this season.

The Colts haven’t seen the Panthers since Newton’s rookie year, and he’s only become a bigger headache to defend since then. A road game against a talented defense doesn’t bode well for the Colts right now (or three weeks from now).