4 critical observations from Panthers unacceptable Week 2 loss at Giants

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Ben McAdoo’s playcalling is holding back Carolina Panthers’ offense

The play-calling of offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo came under the microscope as the Carolina Panthers lost again in Week 2. Fans lamented the lack of touches for star player Christian McCaffrey during their season opener and this time around it was another established figure who found himself with little chance to impact the game.

While McCaffrey logged his first 100-yard rushing game since 2019, wide receiver D.J. Moore was only given limited targets. After catching three passes for 43 yards on six throws against the Cleveland Browns, the former first-round pick logged an identical stat line in Week 2 while adding a touchdown.

Two of Moore’s catches came on back-to-back plays as Baker Mayfield orchestrated a three-play, 67-yard drive capped by a touchdown from the Maryland product. But he was seldom seen after that, which is quickly becoming an ongoing frustration.

McAdoo seemed intent on getting Shi Smith involved in the game, which didn’t pan out. The former South Carolina Gamecock was targeted six times but managed to haul in just one reception for two yards while also struggling with drops.

Moore is Carolina’s most dynamic receiver by a considerable margin. If the Panthers want to start finding some offensive consistency they’d be wise to find him as often as possible.