10 quick thoughts from the Panthers loss at Ravens in Week 11

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Carolina Panthers’ defense did an outstanding job

All the talk before this game was exactly how the Carolina Panthers were going to counteract the supreme threat of Lamar Jackson. But nobody expected this level of defensive domination displayed by Al Holcomb’s unit during their best performance of the campaign.

Jackson wasn’t able to get anything going until very late on as the Panthers remained disciplined, had defenders flying around at every opportunity, and secured big plays in critical moments. An absolutely outstanding display from a group that’s gradually coming of age.

Carolina Panthers had no confidence in Baker Mayfield

The spotlight was once again shining brightly on Baker Mayfield from a starting role. However, it was clear from pretty early on that the Panthers and offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo had no confidence in the signal-caller.

There were few opportunities for Mayfield to get the ball downfield. McAdoo called more screens than anything else, which was a far cry from the freedom given to P.J. Walker during his time under center in recent weeks.

What this means for Mayfield’s immediate future is uncertain. In all honesty, it wouldn’t be the biggest shock in the world if this was his final game for Carolina in the circumstances.

Carolina Panthers are not far away at all

This turned out to be a game of fine margins. It was, however, more proof that the Panthers are not at all far away from becoming a competitive NFL team.

There are clear holes in some positional groups that must be addressed this offseason as a matter of urgency. But if the key core is kept intact and the correct men come on board within their coaching staff, then this franchise might be onto something at long last.

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