5 big changes the Panthers should consider at the NY Giants in Week 7

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What big changes should the Carolina Panthers consider making as they look to end their losing streak at the New York Giants in Week 7?

After so many encouraging signs over the first three games, the Carolina Panthers have come crashing down to earth in a big way of late. Their third-straight loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 6 has the team’s aspirations of a potential postseason spot hanging by a thread and considering how tough the schedule is down the stretch, playoff football now appears highly unlikely.

The Panthers face a make-or-break scenario when they travel to the New York Giants on Sunday. This represents a winnable game against a 1-5 team that’s missing some key players, but confidence cannot be the highest within the franchise, and another loss against a team this bad would send the fanbase into a complete uproar.

It’s yet another early test of character for the Panthers and head coach Matt Rhule. Given the circumstances, expect to see some alterations in the way things are approached throughout the week and during the game itself.

With this in mind, here are five big changes the Panthers should consider making in Week 7 in pursuit of halting their alarming skid.

Big Change No. 1

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Carolina Panthers coaching staff must prepare better

It’s simple situational football that the Panthers are getting wrong. And it has to stop.

Sunday’s game against the Vikings was yet another mismanaged contest with poor in-game decisions, which comes down to poor execution from the players and a coaching staff that doesn’t seem to be prepared in the correct fashion in readiness for these quick adjustments.

While certain things can’t be legislated, preparations should have something other than a Plan A and once it doesn’t end up working, things start to unravel.

This is on Matt Rhule – who doesn’t call plays – so there is no excuse for the same complications resurfacing every week.