4 major factors to blame for Panthers’ dismal loss vs. the Eagles in Week 5

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What were some major factors to blame for the Carolina Panthers’ dismal loss at home to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5?

After a fantastic start to the 2021 season over the first three weeks, the Carolina Panthers have officially come crashing down to earth with back-to-back losses against NFC East opposition. Their reverse at the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4 was a case of one team being far better than the other, but what occurred during Sunday’s defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles was far more concerning.

After taking a lead into halftime once again, a complete capitulation after the break gave the Eagles the opportunity they needed – which they took full advantage of by going ahead down the stretch and the Panthers were unable to get themselves back into the game.

In case anyone had doubts, Carolina is a long way from contending for a playoff spot, even though they were without some key personnel including Shaq Thompson and Christian McCaffrey.

One can make excuses for Matt Rhule’s men, but it simply wasn’t good enough. Here are four major factors behind the Panthers’ dismal loss in Week 5.

Factor No. 1

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Poor pass protection from Carolina Panthers IOL

We’re not going to spend much time on this because it’s getting beyond a joke now. Once again the Panthers interior offensive line crumbled under pressure throughout, leading to three more sacks on Sam Darnold and countless pressure for good measure.

This is unsustainable.

And unless big improvements or personnel changes are made, it’s only going to get worse. The Minnesota Vikings are next up and there’s no denying the likes of Danielle Hunter, Dalvin Tomlinson, and Sheldon Richardson will be more than looking forward to this particular matchup.

It all starts at the top. Everyone knew this offensive line would struggle and those in power did nothing to change course.