Best, worst case and what to expect from the Carolina Panthers over the final month of 2018.
The Carolina Panthers entered 2018 with high hopes of a playoff return and first ever back-to-back winning seasons in franchise history. Off to a good start, both seemed attainable but a recent three game stretch of losses to Pittsburgh, Detroit and Seattle have all of their aspirations in jeopardy.
Carolina is currently 6-5 with five games remaining, all in December. Fortunately, coach Ron Rivera and his teams have performed well over the final full month of football. Comprising a 23-7 record in December, the Panthers need a similar finish to propel themselves back into the playoffs this year.
For the late season success to continue a number of issues must be corrected. The secondary play has suffered considerably as the Panthers defensive line continually is failing to generate pressure. Both areas need improvement and depending on the injury status of rookie cornerback Donte Jackson, a considerable hole opposite James Bradberry may soon be opening up.
On offense, business is booming. Quarterback Cam Newton continues to enjoy a remarkable season and uptick in his completion percentage. There have been a few miscues along the way but for the most part new offensive coordinator Norv Turner has his unit performing at a high level.
Continue to discover the best, worst case scenarios for the Panthers moving forward in addition to what is most likely to happen down the stretch.