Throughout quarterback ups and downs, wide receiver inconsistencies and offensive line woes, the Panthers’ staple has been their ability to field one of the toughest defenses in the league. But that usually stingy group were in a very giving mood Sunday against Falcons – allowing over 400 years in total offense and the first 100 yard rusher in over 20 games.
The good thing about the NFL is that memories are short and with the next game you have the ability to make up for past mistakes and re-establish yourself as a force to be reckoned with. And that’s exactly what the defense is looking forward to doing against the Bengals.
“We’re very excited,” Carolina defensive tackle Kawann Short told reporters Wednesday. “We know we’re way better than what we did last week. We’ve got guys who lead us like Mike Adams and Luke Kuechly – those guys who strive to be better every week. We just take everybody, communicate, make tackles and do what we do best.”
10-year veteran Captain Munnerlyn echoed the same sentiments.
“We’re very anxious to get back out there. I think everybody has a bad taste in their mouth, because we know we were capable of winning that game. We didn’t play well at all.”
The Panthers’ defense know they’ll have their hands full, but there may not be a better group to re-establish yourself against than Andy Dalton, AJ Green and company – who will come into Charlotte 2-0.