4 critical factors to blame for Panthers’ pathetic loss at the NY Giants

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What were the major factors behind the Carolina Panthers’ disastrous loss at the New York Giants in Week 7?

This was as bad as it gets.

And given how the Carolina Panthers have performed of late, that’s saying something.

What appeared to be a winnable game at the New York Giants – who were 1-5 heading into the contest – turned out to be anything but. This was one of the most inept, embarrassing performances in franchise history and there are now serious questions about what direction the Panthers are heading under the current regime.

The defense did their part. But they cannot do it all alone.

Same and new problems reared their ugly head once again. Whether the coaching staff has the right mettle to turn things around so drastically is a major doubt at this juncture.

With this in mind, here are four major factors that caused Carolina’s demise at MetLife Stadium.

Major Factor No. 1

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Carolina Panthers had some punting issues

This will probably get overlooked with everything else going on. But the performance of Ryan Winslow left a lot to be desired.

The defense was having a hard time with almost no rest without the punter shanking multiple kicks and giving the Giants strong field position throughout.

With Joseph Charlton on the reserve/injured list, the Panthers have to find a better solution. It’s just that simple.