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

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Carolina Panthers OL is the best in recent memory

Who’d have thought a season ago that one of the last things fans would need to worry about is the offensive line? Yet here we are as the protection continues to improve on a weekly basis.

The Carolina Panthers have benefited from the line remaining completely healthy. A far cry from 2021 when the team started an incredible 13 different offensive line combinations.

Fast forward to 2022 and four of the five starters on Sunday have played 100 percent of the snaps – the only exception being Bradley Bozeman, who’s slotted in seamlessly following the hip injury that sent Pat Elflein onto season-ending injured/reserve.

One could argue that Week 12 was the offensive line’s best performance of the campaign. Going up against a top-five defense, the Panthers accumulated 185 yards on the ground and Sam Darnold was not sacked once.

While slight concerns remain over Brady Christensen’s frequent holding penalties, these are issues that can easily be ironed out under the stewardship of James Campen, who has done a stellar job turning this group around.

Everyone apart from Bozeman is also under contract in 2023. But the former Alabama stud should be a priority candidate for an extension in Carolina, leaving the Panthers with a settled offensive line if terms can be reached.