5 superb positives from the Panthers triumph vs. Broncos in Week 12

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What were some superb positives to break down for the Carolina Panthers following a third straight home win against the Denver Broncos?

Heading into this clash with Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos, it was certainly not pegged as a game for the purists to enjoy. The sportsbooks certainly felt the same way, setting the over/under at 35.5 points and while the under total was covered, the Carolina Panthers’ offense was a pleasant surprise.

Carolina attained 350 yards of total offense thanks to a strong run game spearheaded by D’Onta Foreman, who had another 100-yard outing. Sam Darnold did exactly what was asked of him, not putting the ball in harm’s way and assisting the cause with two combined touchdowns.

Despite being at 4-8, the Panthers are still in contention for the NFC South after losses for each divisional rival in Week 12. With a favorable schedule for Carolina the rest of the way, the division is not out of reach.

With that being said, here are five superb positives for the Panthers to take from their memorable win versus the Broncos.

Positive No. 1

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Carolina’s Special Teams continue to improve.

Matt Rhule didn’t get many things right during his tenure as Carolina Panthers’ head coach. But one thing the new Nebraska Cornhusker coach did get right was his special teams’ coordinator hire Chris Tabor.

During his time so far in Carolina, we’ve seen this special teams unit evolve into one of the league’s best. Considering the issues this team had under the previous coordinator Chase Blackburn, it’s a testament to the job Tabor’s doing.

As the Panthers’ offseason will likely bring wholesale changes to the coaching staff, whoever the new permanent head coach is, it would be wise to keep Tabor on his staff.