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

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The wide receiver group

It’s hard to argue that the Carolina Panthers don’t have one of the best wide receiver trios in football. They can hurt you in so many different ways and their level of production at the Chiefs further enhanced their growing reputation.

The main beneficiary of a fluid outing overall from the offense was Curtis Samuel. There were some who wondered whether Christian McCaffrey’s return would impact his targets. But as it turns out, it gave the former Ohio State standout more room in which to showcase his outstanding skill set.

This culminated in Samuel’s best performance of the season. He found the end zone once, gained nine catches for 103 receiving yards, and even made some nice plays coming out of the backfield.

Robby Anderson was another who stood out considerably at times. The free-agent signing has been a revelation since arriving in Carolina and despite the extra attention that undoubtedly came his way at Arrowhead Stadium, he was still able to haul in nine targets for 63 receiving yards.

One player who was less effective was D.J. Moore. It was a quiet game by his high standards, claiming two catches for 18 yards. But he made a couple of nice catches and provided Carolina with a prominent decoy that enabled others to thrive.

This selfless attitude typifies what this Panthers team is all about. And long may it continue.