Generate more sacks
We are just picking holes here. But if the Carolina Panthers want to make some serious noise during the remainder of the season then they have to get better at rushing the passer.
This area of the field has been a nice surprise from a production perspective after a disappointing start. Brian Burns might have had his trouble with injury at the Falcons, but he has looked like a No. 1 defensive end in his sophomore campaign and is everything the Panthers hoped he would be when they selected him in the first round back in 2019.
Stephen Weatherly enjoyed his best game in a Carolina uniform in Atlanta, Marquis Haynes picked up another sack, and second-rounder Yetur Gross-Matos has shown some promise even though his time has been limited due to injury.
They are ranked second to last at No. 31 in terms of sacks per game, with only the sorry Jacksonville Jaguars behind them. Getting one sack a game on average isn’t going to propel the Panthers to a possible playoff berth and although the pressure is getting better with every passing game, much more will be needed against better opposition.
Hopefully for the Panthers, Burns, Gross-Matos, and defensive tackle Kawann Short won’t be on the sidelines for long after all three went out of Sunday’s game.