CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The day after a disappointing 23-17 loss to the Washington Redskins, the message for the Carolina Panthers is simple. This is not the end of the world.
“If we would have won yesterday, we would have the second best record in the league,” said Panthers tight end Greg Olsen. “But now we lose and the world is coming to an end. You can’t get so wrapped up. You have to take each week for what it is, but that one week is not 16.”
“When you look at games like this, losing is not going to define us,” said Panthers head coach Ron Rivera. “How we handle it is going to define us. If we take advantage of the opportunity to learn and grow from it, we got a chance to take a step forward. If we don’t we’ll get beat again.”
Most felt the Panthers would pick up the easy win as they took on a Redskins team that lost to New Orleans last Monday night 43-19 and were coming into the game on a short week. But the Panthers last 3 opponents lost the previous week so the team knew better than to expect a cake walk.
“You’re going to get their best shots because their back is against the wall,” said Rivera. “Unfortunately, we helped them a little bit.”
That help came in the form of 3 first half turnovers that led to 10 points for Washington as the Redskins jumped out to a 17-0 lead before the Panthers fought back.
The reality is, the Panthers are 3-2 and are one game behind the New Orleans Saints for first in the NFC South. There is only 1 undefeated team in the NFL and that team is the Los Angeles Rams. So every one in the league has gone through ups and downs in the 2018 season.
With 11 games to go, there is still a lot of football left to play. Up next for the Panthers is a road trip to the defending Super Bowl champs, the Philadelphia Eagles who are currently 3-3.
“We understand the mistakes that were made," said Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis. "We know where we have to be better. It’s all about going out and doing it.”