4 key takeaways from the Panthers’ narrow loss at the Saints

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What are some of the key takeaways from the Carolina Panthers’ narrow 27-24 loss at the New Orleans Saints?

The NFL is an unforgiving place, as the Carolina Panthers found out in their 27-24 defeat at the New Orleans Saints. It was another spirited defeat for Matt Rhule’s men before eventually coming up short and it moves them back to a losing record for the first time in almost a month.

This is a game that could’ve gone either way. The Carolina Panthers worked hard to get themselves back into it but fell agonizingly short in the closing stages to ensure they had nothing to show for the efforts.

Another steep learning curve for a talented young group.

The Saints were there for the taking at times. But their experience eventually won the day and leaves the Panthers looking at just a few short days to adjust ahead of their home game against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday Night Football.

Considering that Carolina was a heavy underdog for this game, their performance was largely encouraging overall. There are still areas of the field that need improving, which is pretty obvious to anyone that has watched the Panthers this season. But the fact they are hanging with potential Super Bowl winners and playoff teams consistently leaves plenty of reasons to be encouraged going forward.

Here are four key takeaways from the Panthers’ perspective during their Week 7 loss in New Orleans.