10 quick thoughts from Carolina Panthers loss vs. Cardinals in Week 4

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Carolina Panthers underused Christian McCaffrey

There appears to be yet more confusion about how the Carolina Panthers are deploying Christian McCaffrey. The All-Pro running back did get a touchdown to save his day, but carries were once again at a premium despite the contest being close heading into the final quarter.

McCaffrey sat out some practices during the week, which could have played a part in his lack of touches. But this is something offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo is finding difficult to balance and it’s having an adverse effect on Carolina’s ability to move the chains.

Brian Burns cannot do it alone

It’s no secret that Brian Burns is having a tremendous season. The defensive end looks like a significant force despite extra attention coming his way from opposing offensive lines and this continued with another late afternoon wreaking havoc against the Arizona Cardinals.

There isn’t much pressure coming off the opposite side. However, if Burns keeps up this consistency, then the Panthers would be wise to make him a very rich man once the 2022 campaign comes to a conclusion.

Carolina Panthers fans voted with their feet

One would have been ignorant to ignore the sparce crowd at Bank of America Stadium in Week 4. Once the game got out of hand in the fourth quarter, not many stuck around to see it out as the Panthers fell to their tenth defeat in 11 contests.

Team owner David Tepper has been patient up to now. Something that could change if fans vote with their feet and it impacts the billionaire’s bottom line.