4 instant takeaways from the Panthers Week 3 win at Chargers

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Joey Slye was money

We listed Joey Slye as one of our most important Carolina Panthers players at the Chargers prior to the clash, and this proved to be the case,

There was plenty of pressure put on the kicker following some failings in the red zone during the contest. But Slye held his nerve to play a leading role for his side.

He was ultra-consistent with five field goals, one coming at a crucial time in the fourth quarter that extended their lead back to 11. Slye did have an extra point blocked in the first half, but you could hardly put that on him.

Slye has begun the campaign in exceptional form. The Panthers coaching staff installed a tremendous amount of confidence in the player by parting ways with veteran Graham Gano this offseason and even though it’s only been three games, it already looks like it was the right call.

It ended up being a game of fine margins that eventual went in the Panthers’ favour. They should give Slye a huge pat on the back for his kicking prowess and he even managed to record his first career tackle with a huge hit to further enhance his overall influence on proceedings.

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This was a vintage display from Slye and one he can look back on with a substantial sense of pride.