Losing Streak Continues for Carolina: Week 14 Recap

Dec 8, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) is tackled by Atlanta Falcons defensive end Vic Beasley (44) during the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

It was another tough Sunday for Carolina. The week started with the end of an era as coach Ron Rivera was fired at the start of the week. The team played with heavy hearts this Sunday and tried their hardest to get a win for their former coach and interim head coach, Perry Fewell. Unfortunately, their losing skid is going to last yet another week. Let’s take a closer look at this game.

The offensive line for Carolina was atrocious

sack after sack
Dec 8, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen (7) fumbles the ball defended by Atlanta Falcons defensive end Vic Beasley (44) in the third quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Carolina Panthers recovered the fumble on the play. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s be real. The offensive line is not giving Kyle Allen a chance. The defensive line of Atlanta was in his lap the entire game. All game long, he was hurried and was not allowed to make throws in the pocket. It seemed as though a stiff wind was enough to knock the offensive line back. Allen was sacked five times and even had a fumble on a blindside hit, which resulted in a turnover. If you are Carolina, you have to think that it would be smart to go after some offensive linemen in either Free Agency or the Draft. Regardless of who is under center, it is time to start rebuilding the offensive line.

The secondary of Carolina was toasted all-day

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Matt Ryan had a great day at his house. The Panthers struggled to contain the Falcons’ receivers. Whenever Ryan would drop back to pass, it would seem that his receivers were always open. Calvin Ridley and Olamide Zaccheus both had touchdowns in the game, and even Julio Jones got in on the action as well. Carolina’s corners, Donte Jackson and James Bradberry, did not look good. They were often getting left in the dust. Whether this is on their skill or play call, that is still to be determined. Nevertheless, there are some concerns with the secondary that will also need to be addressed in the upcoming offseason.

Ian Thomas is the future at tight end

Aug 8, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Carolina Panthers tight end Ian Thomas (80) runs after a catch against the Chicago Bears during the 1st quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Olsen was missing this week from the team due to a concussion he suffered last week. The reliable tight end was knocked unconscious against the Redskins last week and is in concussion protocol. This week, Ian Thomas had the opportunity to step up and show the coaches what he had. He did a good job with five receptions, 57 yards receiving, and a touchdown. Thomas has been a reliable backup over the years. With Olsen getting on in age and having durability issues, he could be a guy worth keeping as the team moves forward and looks towards a rebuild.

Moving forward

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 24: Shaq Thompson #54 of the Carolina Panthers warms up prior to the game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes Benz Superdome on November 24, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

It has been a hard season. A lot of the articles sound so repetitive when talking about the issues with the team. It sounds like a broken record, but the issues are real. The Panthers need to rebuild, and it is going to be a slow and likely painful stretch until the team gets back on their feet. Next week the Panthers return home for a David vs. Goliath matchup.

The Seahawks are coming to Charlotte off of a tough division loss to the Los Angeles Rams. The Seahawks are in the midst of a battle for a top spot in the NFC West, and they are not looking to drop a game next week. Coach Fewell is in for a tough week of preparation against this stout, NFC opponent.

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