4 critical observations from the Panthers loss at LA Rams in Week 6

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Carolina Panthers have a Ben McAdoo problem

New week, new head coach, same turgid Carolina Panthers offense.

The firing of Matt Rhule, despite being justified, has not meant an overnight fix for the league’s worst offense. What we saw on Sunday was the worst performance of the season.

Carolina finished the game with just 203 yards of total offense. The majority of those came on the final drive from fifth-string quarterback Jacob Eason.

The Panthers’ first drive gave some cause for optimism. A heavy dose of Christian McCaffrey meant Carolina moved down the field with relative ease before penalties stalled the drive and they were forced to settle for a field goal.

Once Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris worked out Carolina’s basic offensive plan, it was completely shut down. To open up the second half, the Panthers didn’t get a first down in the half until the final play of the third quarter and heading into the final one of the game they had 16 yards of offense in the second half.

Had it not been for the pick-six from Donte Jackson in the second quarter this game would have been even uglier. Despite no longer having a Rhule problem, it seems the Panthers still have the same Ben McAdoo complications to overcome.