Kacy Hintz and Chris Lea are examining the factors that contributed to the Panthers’ defeat against the Cowboys on Sunday.
Welcome back to Sports Extra. There is plenty to discuss when it comes to the Panthers. To help me do that, let’s bring back Chris Lee, who is at Bank of America Stadium. Chris, this was an interesting game as it felt like an away game with so many Cowboys fans in attendance. Was this a factor in the game?
Yes, it was, Casey. For most of the season, the Panthers have had a lot of opposing team fans at their home games. But this was the first time it felt like the Panthers fans were outnumbered. The traffic and atmosphere in downtown Charlotte were noticeably different and it definitely had an impact on the game. The Cowboys fans were louder and more visible than the Panthers fans.
Moving on to the offense, there has been a change in play calling with Frank Reich taking over, but the results were not great today. Is this due to his play calling or is the offense just not performing well?
It’s a combination of both. The offensive scheme is outdated and not putting enough pressure on opposing defenses. Additionally, the execution has been poor, with slow receivers and a struggling offensive line. Frank Reich taking over play calling may have been an attempt to save his job, but it ultimately did not make a significant difference. This issue will need to be addressed in the offseason.
We know that the margin for error is small in the NFL, and penalties have been a recurring problem for the Panthers. Today, they directly led to a Cowboys score. Can you speak more about this issue?
Penalties have been a major issue for the Panthers this season, especially on defense. This was evident in the drive that led to a Cowboys touchdown, with two unnecessary roughness penalties prolonging the drive for Dallas. This undisciplined behavior is surprising for a team that used to have one of the best defenses in the league just a few years ago.
The Panthers will need to address these issues as they move forward, starting with their upcoming game against the Titans. Thank you for your insights, Chris.