>>88848775>Is the Carolina defense really THAT terrible
I'd say the Carolina defense was THAT terrible for this game. For whatever reason, on Thursday night Pittsburgh out schemed/coached Carolina so, when Carolina fell behind and had to start pressing, the disparity got even worse.
The real test is what will happen after this game. Everyone, including Carolina, is going to look at what Pittsburgh did either to copy it or, in the Carolina, fix it. Carolina has Detroit next which won't be much of a test, but they've got the Seahawks after that plus the Falcons once and the Saints twice. It will be interesting to see how those teams scheme against Carolina on both sides of the ball. Pittsburgh may have "solved" Carolina. If that's true, Thursday was the end of the Panthers' chances to go deep in the playoffs.