CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers are trying to plug holes in their defense that has given up four plays of 49 yards or more in the first two games.
Only two games into the season, the Panthers have surrendered touchdown passes of 49, 55, 70 and 84 yards in a pair of seven-point losses to Arizona and Green Bay. That's in addition to giving up an 89-yard punt return for a score.
While there's never an ideal time to give up a big play, it seems Carolina's defense has picked the most inopportune times to allow the backbreaking plays.
Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn says the big plays are killing the Panthers.
They'll have get it done against Jacksonville Sunday without two of their top defenders — Jon Beason and Thomas Davis.