4 instant takeaways from Panthers’ win vs. Cardinals

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The Carolina Panthers were more clinical in the red zone

If there was one thing to criticize the Carolina Panthers for last weekend it was their lack of conviction in the red zone. They weren’t able to make their opportunities count inside the 20, but this is a problem they rectified in no uncertain terms against the Cardinals.

The Panthers were ruthless, especially in the first half. The offense gained two touchdowns on the ground through Mike Davis and a spectacular solo effort from Teddy Bridgewater, who also threw a short score to Reggie Bonnafon on a beautiful play-call from Joe Brady.

Brady seemed to be a lot more decisive in what plays he was handing out in this area of the field, which shows that the coaches are adjusting well with each week, too. This resulted in Carolina crossing the plain on their first four trips to the red zone, which was night and day compared to their struggles at the Chargers in Week 3.

It’s easy to forget that this is Brady’s first-ever season running an NFL offense. He worked as an assistant in New Orleans and masterminded LSU’s passing attack in 2019, but the NFL is a completely different ball game.

Thankfully from the Panthers’ point of view, everything seems to be coming together and this spells nothing but good news regarding their chances going forward.