CHARLOTTE, N.C.: Teddy Bridgewater known as it a humbling day for the Carolina offense.
The quarterback struggled when the Panthers wanted him essentially the most and his teammates did little to guard him as Carolinas three-game win streak ended with a 23-16 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
The Panthers managed 303 yards on offense however their failure to execute on third down and within the crimson zone spelled doom. Carolina was three of 13 on third-down conversions and gained a mere 23 yards on 13 performs contained in the Bears 20, culminating in a single landing on three journeys.
Bridgewater didn’t full a cross within the crimson zone and Carolina turned the ball over 3 times on the day twice on interceptions by Bridgewater and as soon as on a uncommon fumble by Mike Davis.
We may sit right here and level out crimson zone, third down, not working the ball, me having to run, issues like that, nevertheless it simply comes all the way down to execution. We didnt execute nicely, Bridgewater mentioned. We didnt play our greatest soccer. We have guys on this group who could make performs, guys who step up and make performs and theyve been making performs all yr, however we simply didnt. And if you play a great soccer group, the margin for error could be very skinny.
It doesnt assist that Carolinas greatest offensive participant, 2019 All-Pro working again Christian McCaffrey, missed his fourth straight sport with a excessive ankle sprain. He might return subsequent week.
But the Panthers had gained three video games with out him, and it appeared the offense was in sync.
Coach Matt Rhule mentioned the offensive issues have been a worldwide subject with safety breakdowns and receivers working the mistaken routes. The Bears introduced strain from in every single place up the center, on the sides and on blitzes and Bridgewater usually had no time to arrange within the pocket earlier than tucking and working.
He scrambled eight instances for 48 yards.
From the very starting, credit score to Chicago, we have been below duress, Rhule mentioned. Teddy ran the ball greater than Ive seen him run the ball. He was having to increase performs together with his toes.
With all that mentioned, the Panthers had two possibilities to tie the sport within the ultimate 2 minutes.
However, they turned the ball over twice as soon as on downs when Bridgewater overthrew an open D.J. Moore on a fourth-and-2 on the Bears 36 and once more when he was intercepted by DeAndre Houston-Carson.
Great groups capitalize in these conditions and we didn’t, Bridgewater mentioned.
Rhule knew the Panthers have been going to have some bumps within the street after inheriting a group that noticed the roster flip over by greater than 50% this offseason, added two new coordinators every with new schemes and had a restricted offseason follow time to develop chemistry due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
That’s why it was shocking the Panthers had strung collectively three straight wins after beginning the season 0-2.
Rhule has mentioned the secret is for the Panthers to continue to learn and enhancing.
Today was a studying expertise for lots of fellows, Bridgewater mentioned. This sport will humble you and Im fairly certain it humbled lots of people at the moment.
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