Disastrous offense is sole loser in Carolina Panthers’ loss to the Patriots

Jason Huber
(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Sam Darnold
(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Sam Darnold /

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Another Carolina Panthers disaster of a loss has no winners and simply too many losers to single out a certain amount.

Instead of the offense getting back on track with the return of star running back Christian McCaffrey, the Carolina Panthers were once again non-existent in their blowout loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Usually, I list the three winners and three losers of each game. But this week simply had no winners and too many losers to single out.

Yes, the Panthers‘ defense played well thanks to strong performances by Shaq Thompson, Stephon Gilmore Haason Reddick, and Jeremy Chinn, but the story of the game was how bad things were on the opposite side of the football.

Whether it was Sam Darnold, Joe Brady, Matt Rhule, Robby Anderson, Christian McCaffrey, Tommy Tremble, everyone was just bad.

Sam Darnold was horrific for the Carolina Panthers

The ghosts seemed to have returned for Darnold in full fashion. He was once again obliterated by the Patriots, throwing three interceptions that included a pick-six, and completing just 16-of-33 passes for 172 yards.

In the past six games, Darnold has managed just four touchdowns and 10 interceptions with a 56.48 quarterback rating.

His three solid games to start the season were a fluke and he’s still the same guy he was while playing with the New York Jets.

I’m not sure why Rhule didn’t bench him, even if PJ Walker isn’t much better. But Carolina owes a big apology to Teddy Bridgewater.

Everyone not coaching defense has been even worse for the Carolina Panthers

Props to defensive coordinator Phil Snow for keeping his defense motivated and performing well because right now, Rhule and Brady have lost the fanbase’s confidence.

Brady’s offensive gameplan has looked worse and worse almost every week and even with McCaffrey back on Sunday, there was no improvement. The All-Pro had runs up the middle and a few receptions but there was just no ‘juice.’

Darnold’s play is obviously no help but he can’t even find open receivers for whatever schemes Brady is trying to run. The team also committed 10 penalties for a loss of 83 yards.

And Rhule seems to be losing his grip of leading this team every loss. The former Baylor man’s tactics and game management haven’t improved and still correlate with a college coach, which is where he was not even two years ago.

Carolina Panthers WR Robby Anderson loses his cool

A few weeks ago, we saw Anderson yelling at Darnold on the sidelines. On Sunday, we saw it happen again.

While Anderson isn’t right to do so since he leads the NFL in drops, it’s obvious that this team knows Darnold isn’t the guy.

Last season with Bridgewater under center, Anderson had a career year. He’s had 16 receiving yards the past three weeks.

Darnold said after the game that his team still trusts him but that’s hard to buy right now.

Things don’t get easier for the Carolina Panthers

Even though there is still half a season to play, it’s very hard to imagine this team going anywhere. Unless Darnold and Brady magically stir something up to get the offense going, the schedule is just brutal.

Next week they have a matchup against the 8-1 Arizona Cardinals on the road, then they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers twice, the Buffalo Bills, and New Orleans Saints in their final four games.

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Carolina seems on their way to another double-digit loss season and because of that, this loss against an average New England team was unacceptable.