Panthers: Playoffs positives and negatives
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Even when the Panthers were ranked first in total defense, the unit still didn’t feel like an elite bunch. Obviously the game against the Bears boosted their numbers up extremely because of the lack of yards from rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky and running back JordanHoward.
This defense would need to play their very best in order to beat a top offense like the Rams or Saints. Starting from the top, Luke Kuechly must lead by example. He hasn’t played his best over the last couple of weeks, but he must play like he did in the 2015 playoffs if the Panthers want a chance of going to the promise land.
Despite the up and down performance of the Panthers this season they have won an impressive amount of games. Twelve, if they defeat Atlanta, would the be most by any team to enter the wild card from the NFC South ever.
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A tough out for any opponent, Carolina can beat anyone when playing at a high level but they have failed to prove capable of providing that sustained level over multiple weeks – a nice run to end the year could put them in Minnesota for another Super Bowl.