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Panthers’ backs opposite a wall after startling 1-4 start

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Super Bowl is commencement to seem like a apart memory for a Carolina Panthers.

The ardent group that distinguished 17 wins final deteriorate by posing for cinema while “dabbing” on a sideline unexpected doesn’t have most to celebrate.

The fortifying NFC champions are in risk of not creation a postseason entrance off a 17-2 season. The Panthers (1-4) incited a round over 4 some-more times and had several dear penalties in a 17-14 detriment to a Tampa Bay Buccaneers, withdrawal a three-time fortifying NFC South champs 3 games behind a Atlanta Falcons in a division.

History suggests a Panthers usually have a 6 percent possibility of creation a postseason.

Since a NFL went to a 12-team playoff format in 1990, usually 8 of 128 teams that started 1-4 have modernized to a postseason. Houston and Kansas City achieved that attainment final year.

All of that doesn’t seem to confuse a Panthers evermore confident manager Ron Rivera.

“In annoy of a fact that some people wish to go forward and give a multiplication to somebody already with 11 games left to play,” Rivera pronounced Tuesday. “We will wait and see and play them one during a time and that’s a approach we’re going to demeanour during it. We’re not going to worry about what happened final year. It’s a opposite football group and a opposite season.”

Rivera voiced some confidence per a standing of reigning joining MVP Cam Newton, who sat out opposite a Buccaneers with a concussion.

While Newton stays in a league’s concussion protocol, Rivera pronounced a sixth-year quarterback “had a good day” of workouts on Monday.

“He worked out with a training staff. He ran. He threw a ball,” Rivera pronounced Tuesday. “We had one of a immature guys with him, and he was using routes for him. He lifted.”

However, Rivera stopped brief of observant either Newton would use Wednesday or be prepared for Sunday’s diversion during New Orleans. The Panthers have a bye a following week, so it’s fathomable they could reason him out to give him dual some-more weeks to rest.

“My bargain is when they do all that it’s ‘How is he a subsequent day?'” Rivera said. “I haven’t had a possibility to revisit on that yet.”

Players had a day off Tuesday.

One of a biggest issues for a Panthers this deteriorate is turnovers. They’ve committed an NFL-high 14 by 5 games after branch a round over usually 19 times all of final season. Derek Anderson, who filled in for Newton on Monday night, had 3 turnovers including a dear fourth entertain interception on a first-and-goal during a Tampa Bay 2.

“It’s been kind of a story of a waste this year — missed opportunities, self-inflicted wounds and apparently turnovers are big,” Panthers parsimonious finish Greg Olsen pronounced after a game.

Olsen pronounced some of a breaks a Panthers got final year are simply going a other way.

“What happened a year before has zero to do with this year,” Olsen said. “We’ve been observant that given a day after a Super Bowl. That’s only a existence of it. It’s hapless we had to learn it by being 1-4, though that’s a approach this joining goes. You’re not betrothed anything in this league. No one’s going to hurl over since of what you’ve finished in a past. You’ve got to acquire all and right now we’re not earning anything.”

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