5 Carolina Panthers vital to success in Week 4 vs. the Cardinals

(Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) Brian Burns
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What Carolina Panthers will be pivotal to keeping the momentum going in Week 4 against the Arizona Cardinals at Bank of America Stadium?

Well, for the first time in way too long, the Carolina Panthers have a win. Man does that feel good to say.

For the first time in 10 tries, the Panthers were able to get over the line in a game that looked ugly at points, but a win is a win. The fact this came against their bitter NFC South divisional rival is just icing on a delightful cake.

The defense seems to finally be firing on all cylinders, the special teams have been solid even without its best player, and the offense did just enough to bring it home.

That last statement isn’t the best given the hype that was built this offseason. But if Ben McAdoo’s unit doesn’t actively lose games, this team has a shot at the playoffs.

With that said, Carolina is still not where it needs to be. The third-quarter woes continued in Week 3 as the offense seemed to be stuck in neutral for the entirety of the period, even when given excellent field position.

This is something that must be rectified because the Panthers aren’t going to have an opponent as lethargic as the New Orleans Saints were every week. But enough negativity, Carolina won, and there’s plenty of good to be happy about.

Now it’s time to build upon this and ride the wave into Week 4 against a struggling Arizona Cardinals. This won’t be an easy one for the team to pull out, so here are five Panthers who’ll be pivotal to any success that comes their way.