4 embarrassing stats holding the Carolina Panthers back in 2022

(Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) Ben McAdoo
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What embarrassing statistics are holding the Carolina Panthers back through the opening six weeks of the 2022 season? 

It’s been a complete disaster from start to finish for the Carolina Panthers in 2022. Any optimism that surrounded this franchise during the summer has completely evaporated, leaving fans already looking forward to the offseason and the prospect of getting the No. 1 overall selection if things continue trending on a downward curve.

That’s a sorry state of affairs just six weeks into the season. But that’s where the Panthers are at, unfortunately.

Matt Rhule is no longer part of the equation, but the former head coach has left behind an ungodly mess that might take years to resolve. Interim appointment Steve Wilks will attempt to steady the ship short-term, with those in power also looking to formulate a long-term solution in the hope they can become an attractive destination for head coaching candidates in 2023.

With that being said, here are four embarrassing statistics that are clearly holding the Panthers back this season.

Statistic No. 1

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Carolina Panthers opponent plays per game

  • 67.0 (30th overall)

Generating any sort of momentum on offense has been a difficult proposition for the Carolina Panthers. The change in offensive coordinators did nothing to stop the rot and if anything, things have gotten much worse and the ripple effect is there for all to see.

Opponents are averaging 67 plays per game against the Panthers, which isn’t exactly a recipe for success. This ranks No. 30 league-wide with only the Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Texans allowing more.

Not only does this portray a lack of offensive efficiency. But it also makes things extremely difficult for the defense, which has done well in the circumstances.