If Carolina had a band, then they would probably begin playing Taps as the Panthers head into their bye week with a dismal 1-4 record. A season that had so much potential has now been watered down by defeat after just five weeks.
This game wasn’t really about what the Seahawks did as much as it was about what the Panthers didn’t do.
Carolina was plagued by the same old lack-luster play calling from offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski and poor tackling that allowed for Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch to pick-up a critical third down late in the fourth quarter.
Seattle’s defense showed up and everyone knew it would, but it didn’t matter. The Panthers played and lost the same way their fans have become accustomed to seeing.
The stage was set for Carolina to turn their season around by beating a respected opponent at home. Get the win and have a positive off week and when practiced resumed, anticipation would be high for what the Panthers could achieve going forward.
Instead, with the loss, the Panthers will receive negative press all break and fingers will begin to be pointed, leaving head coach Ron Rivera to have to earn his coaching stripes if he hopes to get any kind of effort out of his team starting in week seven.
The season is long; for the Panthers it might have become too long.
Robert Kester, Carolina Panthers Columnist. Contact @robertkester1.