5 reasons for Carolina Panthers fans to be optimistic through Week 5

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Carolina Panthers have an exciting defense

Although the Carolina Panthers have some real improvements to make on offense, the same cannot be said of the defense.

Phil Snow’s unit proved beyond all doubt they’re a force to be reckoned with after bouncing back from their poor outing at the Dallas Cowboys, which is the hallmark of their resolve and the unbridled talent at the team’s disposal.

Hopes were high for this unit coming into the season. But few expected them to be among the league leaders in many categories through the first five weeks of the campaign.

It’s hard to pinpoint any real weakness on the Panthers’ defense. The defensive front is stout and generates pressure at will, the second level is much improved following the arrival of Haason Reddick and we’ve already touched on the phenomenal playmakers occupying the secondary.

The Panthers need to keep their team in games if the offense displays the same lack of quality demonstrated in Week 5. That is a lot of pressure for a young group, but judging by their production so far barring one bad game, it’s something they are more than capable of.

The best thing about Carolina’s defense is they’re all growing and developing at the same time. Hopefully, the Panthers can keep the majority of them together long-term.