4 things that must change for the Panthers in 2020

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3. Carolina Panthers points allowed per game

The Carolina Panthers’ hopes of attaining a winning record in 2019 were severely hampered by their points allowed per game. This saw them finish with an average of 28.5 that put them No. 31 in the NFL.

This is simply not good enough and things must take a dramatic turn for the better in order to avoid the same complications during next season. To make matters worse, the franchise lost its best cornerback option when James Bradberry penned a free-agent deal with the New York Giants.

If things are going to improve in this area, then it going to be a collective effort. The pass-rush needs to apply more pressure on opposing quarterbacks. This, in turn, will allow the secondary more time to make plays with more assistance.

The Panthers do have some intriguing options on the defensive side of the ball this year. Their lack of experience on the big stage is a concern. But it looks to be a solid foundation from which to build, at least on paper.

Should their average be around the same mark in 2020, then the Panthers won’t be winning many games. It simply asks too much of an offense to score more than 30 every game. And this bears more significance when one considers Carolina has a new quarterback and potential three offensive linemen in the starting lineup.

Somewhere in the region of a 20-22 point average per game would be a huge improvement and one they would take enormous heart from.