The Carolina Panthers seem to be in the same boat as the Jacksonville Jaguars. Both teams have second-year quarterbacks under center (Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert) who are struggling.
Both teams put up valiant efforts against quality NFC North opponents (Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers) in Week 8.
And despite that, both teams came up short and are sitting not so pretty with just one win on the season. Concerning Carolina, their season began with such promise.
However, the Panthers’ postseason aspirations continue to slip away with each gutting loss. With over 300 yards passing, Newton played reasonably well against the Bears. However, his pick-six to Tim Jennings arguably cost the Panthers the game against Chicago. At 1-6, Newton needs to recapture some of that magic from his rookie 2011 season, and fast.
If not, the Panthers are in serious danger of being the first team eliminated from postseason contention in the NFC.