Seven weeks ago, back on Oct. 6 when the boys in blue lost to the Arizona Cardinals 22-6 and moved to 1-3 on the season, everyone was wondering, "How do we fix these Carolina Panthers?"
Quarterback Cam Newton’s skills were being called into question, and head coach Ron Rivera’s coaching seat was, again, red hot.
That seems like centuries ago.
The Panthers have won six games since and haven’t lost. They’ve scorched a path from close to the bottom of the division and pushed the envelope almost to the top, where they are challengers for the NFC South crown.
Carolina’s offense has scored 30 or more points four times over the last six weeks and averaged 27.3 points per game, beating opponents on average by more than two touchdowns per game. Even more impressive is the fact that Carolina’s defense has held opponents to 15 points or less five times during the winning streak and averaged just 12.8 points per game allowed.