Examining the wreckage of another late Panthers collapse at Vikings

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Examining the wreckage of another late collapse from the Carolina Panthers.

This was a new low for the Carolina Panthers. A commanding lead heading into the fourth quarter saw the team primed for their second straight win heading into their bye week. But a complete capitulation down the stretch saw the Minnesota Vikings prevail 28-27.

It’s been the story of a frustrating season so far. The Carolina Panthers have been more than competitive – probably even more than we expected – but their lack of conviction when the game is on the line is something that’s cost them a possible playoff berth and a winning season.

Not exactly unexpected, but disappointing nonetheless.

Head coach Matt Rhule will carry the can for this one. He failed to come up with the goods down the stretch and Mike Zimmer’s experience on the other side proved crucial in the overall outcome.

It’s been an encouraging start to life in the NFL for Rhule. But there have been some stiff learning curves along the way.

The former Baylor man was always going to get a pass for his efforts in 2020 given the nature of the situation he was walking into and what has transpired throughout the campaign so far is sure to leave some big decisions upcoming this offseason.

There will be nothing really to play for other than pride over Carolina’s remaining four games. But plenty of players will be fighting for their respective futures with the organization which usually results in an increased effort that might just stand the team in good stead.