5 major factors to blame for Panthers loss vs. the Vikings in Week 6

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More 3rd quarter turmoil for the Carolina Panthers

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, it was another third-quarter catastrophe for the Carolina Panthers. One that, once again, could have been avoided.

It looked like the tide might be turning when Frankie Luvu produced a moment of magic to block a punt that saw Kenny Robinson scoop things up and go into the end zone. This put the Panthers up by five and with all the momentum.

This should have been the spark.

Instead, it seemed to inspire the Minnesota Vikings.

Mike Zimmer’s men turned the game on its head by scoring 13 points in 59 seconds after taking advantage of a turnover and showing conviction in the red zone. Something the Panthers couldn’t match.

This was a game decided by fine margins in the end. So when one examines the wreckage of another heartbreaking loss, the third-quarter performance cannot be ignored.

It’s becoming tiresome talking about this week after week. The coaching staff just aren’t doing enough to get Carolina motivated or organized coming out of the locker room and for this to keep happening is simply unacceptable.

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People need to be held accountable and substantial adjustments are needed. Otherwise, another season languishing in mediocrity awaits.