4 ways the Carolina Panthers can build on Week 3 win at the Chargers

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Be more clinical in the red zone

If the Carolina Panthers had been more ruthless with their red zone opportunities at the Chargers in Week 3, then the game would have been out of sight by the half.

Even converting one or two more trips inside the 20-yard line would have been a significant boost and given them a commanding cushion. They did manage to eventually secure a priceless win, but it didn’t have to come on their last drive stand.

The Panthers were 1-6 in successful red zone drives, with their sole touchdown coming off a perfectly worked screen pass that enabled Mike Davis to find the end zone. Kicker Joey Slye did manage to extend his perfect record during the 2020 season with five field goals, which got them out of jail to a certain extent.

They might not be so fortunate coming up against better opposition as the season goes on. This comes down to efficiency and play-calling and Joe Brady must put his weapons in the right position to make plays, which wasn’t exactly evident at SoFi Stadium.

He is still learning what it takes in the NFL. Leading LSU’s passing attack to a historic season in 2019 is one thing, but Brady is finding out quickly that the next level is a completely different ball game.