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4 major problems the Carolina Panthers need to fix at the bye week

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What do the Carolina Panthers need to improve on at the bye?

There is plenty to ponder for the Carolina Panthers during their bye week. Getting some much-needed rest to recuperate ahead of the run-in was no doubt welcomed by everybody involved with the organization and hopefully, this will be the springboard they need to finish the 2020 season strongly.

That being said, there is still a lot of work for the Carolina Panthers to do in the lead up to their Week 14 clash against the Denver Broncos at Bank of America Stadium. This looks to be their most winnable remaining game on the schedule and if they cannot accomplish this with extra time to prepare, it could have a devastating impact on confidence levels.

Anyone who says the campaign hasn’t gone as expected is kidding themselves. The Panthers were all-too-aware of the ramifications that came with making so many changes all at once this offseason and it’s going to take a big effort and some more difficult decisions to get them back into playoff contention in 2021 or beyond.

Let’s take a look at four things the Panthers need to improve on during their bye week.

Improvement No. 1

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Red Zone offense

One of the main things that hurt the Panthers in recent weeks is their inability to make red zone opportunities could. This was key to their downfall at the Minnesota Vikings and if things continue to trend in this direction following their bye week, it might see them accumulate even more losses ahead of another pivotal offseason period in 2021.

This has to be a collective effort. Play-calling from Joe Brady has to better, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater needs to go through his reads more efficiently, and the wide receiver group must find a way of getting themselves open in double-quick time.

If this can be rectified, then it might just cope with some eye-catching results over their remaining four games.