4 major threats the Carolina Panthers must silence in Week 9 at Bengals

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Which major threats must the Carolina Panthers silence in pursuit of an unlikely victory at the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 9?

Well, that one hurt. That was quite possibly the most Carolina Panthers way to lose a game ever and the roller coaster of emotions that went with it was potent, to say the least.

Most fans had given up on Week 8 by the time the fourth quarter began. They were then sucked back in time and time again with some ridiculous plays only to be let down when push came to shove.

From the viral play in which D.J. Moore removed his helmet in celebration to the truly impressive interception by C.J. Henderson that ended in a second game-winning kick being missed, leading in effect to yet another Panthers loss. This game was just heartbreak on top of heartbreak.

It wasn’t all bad though.

There were some encouraging signs, a fight that hasn’t been seen in some time. A certain spark that had been missing in the eyes of the players and the fanbase alike, that drive to win no matter the odds.

The Panthers of even a few short weeks ago would have been nowhere close to competing at the end of this contest. Yet this squad should have won multiple times.

New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll has proven what a coaching change can do for an organization and it’s beginning to look like Steve Wilks is doing the same.

Terrace Marshall Jr. had the breakout game we have all been desperately waiting for and Moore –  one penalty aside – is finally looking like himself again. And quarterback P.J. Walker showed some starting caliber talent in the second half.

Don’t look now, but this Panthers team is looking a lot better than it has in a very long time.

With that said, it will be another tough slog in Week 9 as the Panthers face a Cincinnati Bengals team desperately needing a win to reignite their playoff hopes. Here are four major threats they must silence to stand any chance of success.