Predicting the Carolina Panthers next five games after 1-3 start in 2022

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Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons

This was a game that the Carolina Panthers probably earmarked as one they had a good chance of winning. Now, not so much.

Nobody expected the Atlanta Falcons to cause great shakes in 2022 after trading quarterback Matt Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts. However, they already have two wins to their name this season, and had it not been for some bad luck, their record might look even better than that.

One thing that’s separating Atlanta from the Panthers right now is organization and fight. Carolina’s roster is undeniably better on paper, but there appears to be a real togetherness within the Falcons that is spurring them to perform much better than anticipated.

Make no mistake, Carolina can win this game. But in the midst of such a poor run of form, it’s extremely hard to say with any confidence unless the defense gives journeyman quarterback Marcus Mariota problems and Cordarrelle Patterson’s absence is sorely felt as anticipated.

Prediction: Win (2-6)

Carolina’s bad run has to end at some point, right? Much will depend on whether the offense finally starts clicking and if confidence eventually goes past the point of no return, but getting one over on the Falcons is well within this team’s capabilities providing some silly mistakes are ironed out in the not-too-distant future.