5 bright spots from the Carolina Panthers defeat at Falcons in Week 8

(Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports) C.J. Henderson
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What were the brights spots from a devastating Week 8 loss for the Carolina Panthers against the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium?

It may be hard to see right now, but the Carolina Panthers have a lot of positives to take from their Week 8 loss that leaves them at 2-6, last place in the NFC South, and back in contention for the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Interim head coach Steve Wilks deserves immense credit for the way he has this team playing. The difference between the Panthers under previous head coach Matt Rhule to now is vast, which indicates the players are clearly buying in and playing hard every week.

The biggest thing we’ve seen under Wilks in the past two weeks is that Carolina is enjoyable to watch once again. While things need ironing out in all facets of the game, it’s been refreshing after the turgid football we witnessed under Rhule.

To see a team, especially on the offensive side of the ball, finally provide some hope and entertainment is a definite step in the right direction. One that Wilks will be hoping to build on in the coming weeks.

We’ve seen offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s play-calling improve significantly. This begs the question as to how much of an imprint on the offense Rhule had during his reign of almost absolute power.

It’s getting there slowly. With that in mind, here are five bright spots the Panthers can take from their Week 8 loss at the Atlanta Falcons.