Panthers suffer another disappointing one-score defeat in season filled with them
By Richard Walker
Notes and observations from the Carolina Panthers’ 24-16 loss at the Green Bay Packers that dropped team to 4-10 overall:
… By losing another game by a one-score margin, Carolina is one loss away from tying a dubious team record; The Panthers had nine losses by a one-score margin in 1998 and in 2001.
… Carolina is 2-8 this season in one-score games and is now 94-110-1 all-time in one-score games. Records in one-score games for previous Panthers coaches are 11-18 for Dom Capers, 5-17 for George Seifert, 38-27 for John Fox, 39-39-1 for Ron Rivera and 0-1 for Perry Fewell.
… In this season’s eight one-score defeats, Carolina has missed three field goals, turned it over four times and the game ended once.
… The defeat means Carolina will have a season with 10 or more losses for the seventh time in the franchise’s 26-year history. Other 10-losses seasons came in 1998 (4-12), 2001 (1-15), 2010 (2-14), 2011 (6-10), 2016 (6-10) and 2019 (5-11).
… In limiting Green Bay to 49 yards total offense in the second half marks the best defensive half by a Panthers defense since it limited Chicago to 38 yards in a 17-3 loss to the Bears in 2017.
… By sacking Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers five times, the Panthers tied for the most against the future Hall of Famer in the last three seasons.
… The loss to Green Bay ends Carolina’s four-game slate against the NFC North with a 1-3 record. It’s only the second time since the current NFL schedule model was adopted in 2002 that the Panthers have had a losing record against that division; Carolina was 0-4 in 2011.
… The Panthers are now 18-26 all-time in prime time regular season games, including 0-2 on NFL Network Saturday night games. Carolina’s best record is in ESPN Monday Night Football games (7-4).
… With the loss, Teddy Bridgewater if now 3-10 as a starting quarterback for the Panthers this season. Only two other Carolina quarterbacks have lost 10 or more games as a starter in season; Chris Weinke went 1-14 in 2001 and Cam Newton went 6-10 in 2011.
Carolina visits Washington on Sunday at 1 p.m.