The Panthers were handed their first big loss of the season, 31-17 to Atlanta, and as the losses continue to pile on, the sense of optimism is dissipating. Although the Panthers know that they have their franchise quarterback, this is a league where immediate results are all that matter.
Carolina now falls to 1-5, and hopes of making the playoffs are at an all-time low. With as much parity as we've had thus far into the season, it wouldn't be a shock if a 9-7 team won the wild card, but that would mean that the Panthers would have to go on an 8-2 tear. That's not impossible, and they've made crazier runs in the past, but they'll have to make some changes if they are to mount that run.
Here are five things to take away from Carolina's 31-17 loss at the hands of the Atlanta.