For the Panthers (1-0) to be a serious contender for a third straight NFC South title, the offense must find its identity like the defense has.
Not all opponents will be as inept offensively as Jacksonville. Coach Ron Rivera realizes that.
“I’m not satisfied because we made too many mistakes,” Rivera said.
Most of the mistakes were on offense. There was a dropped pass by wide-open Ted Ginn Jr. on Carolina’s second drive. It was far from a perfect pass. Ginn had to turn his body around as he ran down the right side.
The ball hit him in both hands inside the 5-yard line, killing a shot at Carolina taking a 10-0 lead.
On the first drive, tight end Greg Olsen was called for offensive pass interference on second-and-goal from the 4. Instead of a touchdown, the Panthers wound up with a 43-yard field goal after a sack and incomplete pass. Rookie Devin Funchess had just one catch for nine yards so perhaps the team looks to get him more involved.