The article was written by Clark Gerber, a contributor for WRAL Sports.
The Carolina Panthers have had the same outcome for multiple weeks in a row.
The Panthers lost 17-10 to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday in Nashville, despite a strong performance from their defense. However, their offense did not perform as well.
Carolina made a late push in the fourth quarter to try and even the score, but their efforts fell short. During a 4th & 6 play, Bryce Young threw a quick pass to DJ Chark, but it resulted in no gain and ultimately resulted in a turnover on downs, sealing the game for the opposing team.
Frank Reich, the head coach, stated that there is no excuse. He believes that the team needs to improve in both coaching and playing, and for players to step up and perform well.
Carolina has suffered their fourth consecutive defeat, bringing their record to 1-10 for the third time in the history of the franchise.
The last two instances when they did this – in 2001 and 2010 – resulted in them ultimately having the lowest record in the NFL.
The one positive aspect of an otherwise unpleasant afternoon occurred at the beginning of the third quarter.
Chuba Hubbard scored a 5-yard touchdown on 4th & 2 after an 11 play, 67 yard drive from the locker room.
Although Young displayed some promising plays, his overall statistics were still average at most with a final score of 18 completions out of 31 attempts for 194 yards and no touchdowns.
The Panthers faced additional difficulties due to injuries. Laviska Shenault, Cade Mays, and Chandler Zavala were all knocked out of the game on offense, but the players did not place blame on that.
“According to Bryce Young, it’s a collective responsibility, regardless of individual factors or circumstances. We all share the same sentiment. This situation always leaves us feeling unsatisfied, so there is no need to point fingers or assign blame.”
In the second quarter, Young also lost possession of the ball due to a strip sack by Arden Key, ultimately impacting the outcome of the game.
After only two plays, Derrick Henry ran for a 10-yard touchdown, marking his second of the day. This gave the Titans a two-score advantage which they maintained throughout the rest of the game.
For the majority of the day, Henry and the Titans’ offensive performance was restricted.
Aside from a 15-play, 91-yard drive in the first quarter that resulted in a 1-yard touchdown by Henry,
Tennessee’s most extended offensive possession of the game only gained 31 yards as they attempted to use up time in the fourth quarter.
Reich asked, “What is your plan? You have a record of 1-10.” Will you succumb to self-pity and rely on some sort of miracle to solve everything? No, I believe we can win these games. We have the talented players and coaches to do so, so we will come together and prepare for the upcoming week.
At 0:34 in the first quarter, Derrick Henry ran for 1 yard resulting in a touchdown. Nick Folk successfully made the extra point, bringing the Titans to a lead of 7-0.
At 8:51 in the second quarter, Eddy Pineiro successfully kicked a 50-yard field goal, bringing the score to 7-3 with the Titans in the lead.
At 2:27 in the second quarter, Derrick Henry had a 10-yard rush, followed by a successful extra point by Nick Folk. This brought the score to 14-3 in favor of the Titans.
At the 2nd minute, Nick Folk successfully kicked a 53 yard field goal, bringing the Titans’ score to 17-3.
At 8:06 in the third quarter, Chuba Hubbard ran for a gain of 5 yards, followed by a successful extra point kick by Eddy Pineiro. This brought the score to 17-10 in favor of the Titans.