4 positives from the Carolina Panthers’ Week 9 loss at the Chiefs

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What positives did the Carolina Panthers take from their loss at the Chiefs?

The Carolina Panthers might have fallen to another defeat at the death in Week 9. But the fact they took the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs right to the wire is further proof this organization is heading in the right direction.

This was a performance that cannot be anything more than a source of encouragement and motivation ahead of some stiff challenges in the coming weeks. The Carolina Panthers came into the game as 10.5-point underdogs, and with good reason. But it took a long-range field goal miss by Joey Slye on the game’s final play to condemn them to defeat.

Not bad for a team that was supposed to get blown out.

Although it was another game in which the Panthers couldn’t quite do enough, Matt Rhule cannot ask any more from his players collectively. Yes, some things need to improve and it’s evident certain roster members aren’t going to be part of Carolina’s long-term plans. But they’ve had a really tough schedule and come out of it with more positive signs than negative.

Of that, there is little doubt.

Finding a solution to coming away victorious in tight situations such as this one would be another step in the right direction. With a few improvements in the offseason and more experience playing together, there is every chance they can make this a possibility in their bid to become a prominent postseason contender.

Let’s take a look at four big positives from the Panthers’ performance during their loss at Arrowhead Stadium.