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

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Another close game gets away from the Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers were competitive once again, but that wasn’t enough for them to come away with the victory. This is something that can be said for all their losses apart from the one against the Chicago Bears, so while this is encouraging, they have to start turning these close games into wins at some stage.

This will probably all come with a little more experience. But it is hard to deny that had certain things gone their way they would be looking at a far better record than 3-4 at the present time.

Moral victories are all well and good. But they count for nothing in the NFL.

Once the Panthers work out how to turn things in their favor in critical moments against good, experienced teams, then the sky is the limit. Any positives they can take from this season is going to do wonders for their overall prospects of becoming a postseason contender in the not-too-distant future and experience definitely won the day in this one.

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As the old saying goes, football is a game of inches. Had Joey Slye‘s 65-yard field goal been a little bit stronger, who knows what might have happened? Instead, the Panthers are forced to lick their wounds on a short week before coming up Atlanta team that is clearly improving now Dan Quinn isn’t calling the shots.