4 developing problems the Carolina Panthers need to fix through Week 2

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Carolina Panthers 3rd quarter performance

Considering how impressive the Carolina Panthers have been in the first half of their opening two games, it’s inconceivable to see them struggle so much coming out after the break. This was an ongoing complication throughout the 2020 campaign and things don’t appear to be getting better for some unbeknown reason.

This is a riddle that Matt Rhule and his staff need to solve, and quickly. They’ve gotten away with it thanks to 16-0 and 17-0 leads, but when things inevitably get closer it might end up costing them.

Whether this is down to some complacency, what adjustments are or aren’t being made or something else is up for debate. Whatever it is, the Panthers must start getting into the right mindset coming out for the second half.

The third-quarter stats against the New Orleans Saints were a far cry from what was accomplished over the rest of the game.

It’ll be interesting to see just what the Panthers can do to improve this matter in such a short timeframe before Thursday’s game. However, if the team performs as it has been of late, it’s unlikely to be a close-fought affair with the Houston Texans.

Next up after that is a trip to the Dallas Cowboys, which is going to be a significant challenge for Carolina to overcome.