The Carolina Panthers (2-6) have a long road ahead of them if they are to be mentioned in the same breath with the NFC contenders. That road is even longer this season, but there have been signs over the past few games that provide reason for optimism toward the team's future.
Perhaps as early as this season.
The Panthers are now looking to build upon their Week 9 victory over the host Washington Redskins, 21-13. Despite their unfavorable record, the Panthers have been playing very well of late. Their victory over the Redskins could serve as a stepping stone for adding a few more wins as the season progresses.
There have been changes on the field—some clearly evident, some subtle. Ultimately, Carolina has at last found a recipe for success and should continue to use it during the second half of the season.
I will present and break down five reasons why Carolina will turn around its season, based on changes it has made in recent weeks.