It was a hard fought battle for the Panthers as they lost to the Eagles 23-28. Cam Newton tried to carry the team with his arm and legs but the Panthers fell short. The main reason Carolina could not pull out the win was because there were too many turnovers. Newton threw 3 interceptions and the Panthers just couldn’t play catch up because of the constant picks. Carolina’s defense was there but the offense had a major problem on the ground and with scoring points. Defense wins championships but on Thursday the defense needed the offense to finish their job. It is critical for a NFL’s teams offense to convert points from the defensive plays. There are two parts of a team and if both of them work together and produce on both sides of the ball then they will get a win.
Newton did everything he could and he will have to learn from the game that he has to be more careful to who and where he throws the ball to. On the bright side Newton shined in a 16 yard touchdown run in the second quarter which gave the Panthers the 10-3 lead. He still has his fantastic legs but the problem is that no one else helped Cam out on the ground. Kelvin Benjamin made plays at the critical moments and had 9 receptions for 99 yards. When Newton needed him to make the grab he did exactly that. Benjamin had the most reception yards for the Panthers. Newton completed 28 of 52 passes and had only 1 touchdown. It wasn’t the brightest game for the Panthers but they are still in first place in the NFC South at 4-2 with Atlanta behind at 3-2. The season is not over for the Panthers and they still have time to improve and make the playoffs.
The biggest concern for Carolina is their rushing game. Cam Newton had the most rushing yards in the entire game with 71 yards in 11 attempts. Next up in the run game was McCaffrey and Samuel for only 8 yards. Let’s not talk about Stewart who ran for -4 yards and Whittaker for -3 yards. If the ground plays are not ideally working for the Carolina Panthers then they need to be able to fully rely on their receivers and fix their running backs. This problem may continue to be a hindrance for Carolina and they need to fix it as soon as possible!
The Carolina Panthers have a long time to rest and prepare for the Chicago Bears next Sunday. The Bears are 2-4 and they will play the Panthers at home in Chicago. It will be interesting to see what Carolina will fix during their 10 days to prepare. Carolina has a chance to become 5-2 next Sunday if Cam keeps the interceptions low and finds a nice pace with the offense. Panther fans you can still be happy though because 4-2 is a pretty good start and you are leading the NFC South! The Carolina Panthers just have to Keep Pounding!!