No one can seem to put a finger on the problem for the Carolina Panthers in the red zone.
Carolina has scored a touchdown on 46.7 percent of its trips to the red zone this season, which is tied for 28th in the NFL.
Of the Panthers’ 30 trips inside their opponent’s 20-yard line, Carolina has scored 14 touchdowns. Against the Falcons last week, the Panthers were 0-for-1 with a field goal.
Rivera pointed to dropped passes and negative plays inside the 20 as two of the things that showed up on tape the most. Center Ryan Kalil agreed it’s not just one thing.
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“I wish it was one answer, because if that was it we could focus in and fix it. But that’s not always the case,” Kalil said. “Some of it’s discipline. It’s definitely not effort, it’s not talent. It’s discipline, it’s inexperience some other times.
“But those are things that as you get later in the season you need to get corrected and have to be better. That excuse only lasts so long. We know that, we’ve got to fix those things and the best way we can do that is keep working, stay the course and get it right.”