Jonathan M. Alexander: Troubling part of Panthers’ loss was they played OK. It’s clear what’s needed.

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The Charlotte Observer

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — All signs pointed to the Carolina Panthers losing to the Buffalo Bills in a blowout Sunday. They lost their only kicker, Zane Gonzalez in pregame warmups to a quad injury, had to use a wide receiver on kickoffs, their offense has struggled all year and they were playing the NFL’s No. 1 ranked defense. They lost 31-14. But the Panthers didn’t play too poorly against the Bills. They had 19 first downs and had the ball in the fourth quarter with a chance to make it a one-possession game. They showed resolve. However, Sunday’s game also showed that the Panthers simply don’t ha…

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