4 big improvements made by the Panthers in win vs. Lions

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What big improvements did the Carolina Panthers make in their Week 11 win?

It seems like an age since the Carolina Panthers celebrated a winning feeling. Their five-game losing stretch has left some pondering just how long their current rebuild is going to take. But the entire roster showed the right sort of mettle to turn in an outstanding display in a 20-0 shut-out victory over the Detroit Lions at Bank of America Stadium.

Considering that the Carolina Panthers were without some key pieces on both sides of the ball, this was a sensational result. More importantly, it starts to build some positive momentum that hasn’t been seen since their three victories in consecutive weeks earlier on in the campaign.

There was so much to like about the way Carolina applied themselves. Things couldn’t have been much worse after they were picked apart by the Buccaneers in Week 10 and each member of the team showed tremendous resolve to get the Panthers back to winning ways.

Let’s take a look at four big improvements made by Carolina during their most impressive win of the 2020 season so far.

Improvement No. 1

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Third-quarter performance

The Panthers came out ready to play after the break, which something that’s been sorely lacking in recent weeks. Their level of production was much improved in this regard and enabled them to tighten their stronghold on a game they dominated from start-to-finish.

Some harsh truths were exchanged during a heated locker room exchange that was led by Shaq Thompson. But it seemed to have the desired effect during a game where Carolina held their opponents scoreless for the first time since 2015.