4 big takeaways from Panthers loss vs the Bears in Week 6

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The Carolina Panthers got no pressure on Nick Foles

One of the main factors in the Carolina Panthers turning around their season over the last few weeks has been their ability to generate pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Unfortunately, things reverted to what we saw from their front seven over the first two games of the campaign.

This was a threadbare group going into the contest due to Kawann Short and Yetur Gross-Matos missing the contest through injury. Brian Burns didn’t really look like the dominant force we’ve seen of late after missing most of practice with a concussion. This saw Carolina’s roleplayers see plenty of action without ever impacting proceedings efficiently.

Bears quarterback Nick Foles had his moments, but he was afforded plenty of time in the pocket. The Panthers were unable to get off the field on third down consistently due to their inability to put the Super Bowl winner under pressure and this played a leading role in their eventual demise.

In truth, this was another game that was there for the taking.

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Chicago stuttered their way to victory, relying heavily on their defense to get them over the line. That only adds to Carolina’s frustrations and it’s clear that additional reinforcements might be needed before the trade deadline if Gross-Matos’ absence is more than a three-week deal.