4 key takeaways from the Panthers loss vs. the Falcons in Week 8

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What were some of the key takeaways from the Carolina Panthers’ 25-17 loss against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday Night Football?

A sloppy evening at the office saw the Carolina Panthers beaten at home by the Atlanta Falcons, who had just one victory to their name before they took the field for Thursday Night Football. This was arguably their most disappointing overall performance of the campaign and there is much work to be done over the next ten days.

Up next for the Carolina Panthers are the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, which is followed by a home contest against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It is highly unlikely this roster can get anything from these games, which has the potential to put them on a five-game losing skid before they take on the Lions.

Matt Rhule’s men are officially at the halfway mark of their season at 3-5, which is largely what was expected of the group. Those condemning them to the No. 1 overall pick were doing it more out of hope than anything, with the obvious prize of Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence up for grabs.

There are glaring holes in this team, of that there is little doubt. The sooner they can get Christian McCaffrey back on the field, the better. But one man alone isn’t going to fix the problems hampering their progress.

Let’s take a look at four key takeaways from Carolina’s poor performance and result at Bank of America Stadium.