5 big talking points from the Panthers’ disappointing Week 5 loss

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Carolina Panthers must find a way to spread the offense around

I don’t know whether it falls on the coaching staff the quarterback. However, the issue with the Carolina Panthers’ offense currently is it seems the play calling is all too similar.

The Panthers’ game plan in the passing game seems to be to try and get it to D.J. Moore. If the No. 1 option is not open, Sam Darnold seems incapable of getting the ball to his other receivers.

Now of course Moore is an elite wideout, so Darnold will look to him first. But there appears to be no contingency plan in terms of Darnold going through his progressions and finding another option in the passing game.

Robby Anderson again struggled to impact the game with just two receptions for 30 yards. As mentioned earlier, the former Temple man was visibly upset on the sideline after Darnold’s last interception.

Something that needs to be kept an eye on.

Darnold’s first two picks came with him trying to force the ball to Moore when the option wasn’t there, giving Darius Slay two picks. It’s key for offensive coordinator Joe Brady moving forward to find a way to make sure his quarterback isn’t reliant on the Maryland product in the passing game.