3 problems the Carolina Panthers need to fix at the midseason point

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Coming through in the clutch

As stated previously, the Carolina Panthers have gone toe-to-toe with some legitimate postseason contenders this season without quite coming through in the clutch. Their 3-5 record might look far different had they done so and it’s hard to deny this critical area of the game has cost them in a big way through Week 8.

Much of this comes down to nerves, more than anything. The Panthers underwent substantial changes during the offseason and this means they aren’t yet fully used to each other at the sort of level you need to emerge victorious more often than not.

Good teams play well. Great teams find a way to win no matter what.

Teddy Bridgewater has shouldered most of the blame for this, which is to be expected of quarterbacks. He has a 71.6 percent completion percentage in the fourth quarter this season, resulting in 591 passing yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions.

Twice in recent weeks, the game has come down to one big play that the free-agent signing hasn’t been able to execute. This is all those who wanted Cam Newton under center needs to throw more shade on the signal-caller.

It’s not all on Bridgewater, but players at the position are under the microscope more than most. Some of Joe Brady’s play-calling down the stretch has also been suspect on occasions and only time will tell as to whether this gets better anytime soon with cracks beginning to show in Carolina’s interior protection.