Parting Thoughts: Carolina Panthers

<b>Offense: </b>On the decline, the running game fizzled and passing numbers are largely inflated.<br> <br> <b>Defense: </b>On the decline, the misperception is over, this defense has many problems.

Carolina's run defense simply isn't stopping the run the way it did last season, the pass rush has been inconsistent, but did pressure McNair on Sunday, and the defensive backfield is showing the tendency to give-up big-plays. Call it a breakdown day, even the Panthers special teams needed some recognition, they got it by botching the opening kickoff and following that up by giving up a 50-yard completion on a fake punt.

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