4 primary factors behind Carolina Panthers incredible Week 7 turnaround

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What were the primary factors behind an incredible turnaround for the Carolina Panthers in Week 7 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

The Carolina Panthers put together their most complete game of the season and rode it to a blowout win over Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Christian McCaffrey and Robbie Anderson might be gone, but suddenly this team was cohesive on offense and showed a level of fight they hadn’t at any point this season.

Perhaps it is the change at head coach, Tampa Bay’s struggles, or the loss of McCaffrey forcing everyone to step up. Regardless of the reasoning, this was a completely different team in Week 7.

Carolina’s defense was at the top of its game and for once, they got some help. The running game was consistent throughout, taking the pressure off quarterback P.J. Walker, who was an absolute revelation under center.

With the Atlanta Falcons up next on the schedule, it isn’t impossible to think this rebuilding Panthers team could still play a role in the NFC South division race. Something that couldn’t be discussed when Matt Rhule was in charge.

Atlanta and Tampa Bay are both only a game ahead and with the Bucs playing the Baltimore Ravens on a short week, Carolina has a chance to still play relevant football providing they can build on this positive performance.

Before we look too far ahead, however, let’s look at the four primary factors behind Carolina’s remarkable turnaround in Week 7 versus the Buccaneers.