Panthers: Three Focus Areas for Improvement

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Sep 8, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) throws a pass under pressure from Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson (95) during the first half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Panthers 21-20. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The week one loss to the Denver Broncos hurt Carolina Panthers’ fans in a variety of ways. Carolina eventually lost on a missed field goal, the constant Super Bowl loss talk continues, and fans endured watching Cam Newton be thrown to the wolves by the NFL officials. However, there is a bright side to the loss. Everyone saw a Panthers team that was more competitive than in the Super Bowl last season and if any loss can be considered an “okay” loss, this one definitely qualifies. Opening the season, on the road, against the defending Super Bowl champions at an extremely high altitude. It was never going to be easy playing in those conditions.

There were some positives to take away from the game and of course there were some bad moments. A few positives before elaborating about the things that need to be corrected. Jonathan Stewart ran very well when given the chance, Cam Newton played a solid game and displayed his toughness, and rookie cornerback James Bradberry did not give up a passing touchdown. Three positives that stand out from the game. Now let us take a look at the negatives.

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