The Carolina Panthers continue to struggle without Christian McCaffrey, and that was clearly evident in the team's fourth consecutive loss on Sunday. Carolina managed just 56 rushing yards in a brutal 11-21 loss to the New York Giants.
Head coach Matt Rhule called out the Panthers' rushing attack following the loss.
"We needed more from the run game. We needed some explosive plays. We needed some guys to make some big catches."- Matt Rhule
Rhule didn't mince his words and the takeaway is simple: the running game needed to do more to beat the Giants. Running back Chuba Hubbard is the biggest target of these words as he's filled in as RB1 in McCaffrey's latest injury absence.
Hubbard managed just 28 rushing yards on 12 attempts, a far cry from McCaffrey's career average of 62 yards per contest. Hubbard did also put up 28 receiving yards on 4 catches, but it's clear the Panthers miss McCaffrey's dynamic playmaking.
Throughout his career, McCaffrey averages 114.5 yards from scrimmage per game.
Carolina's Week 7 performance was especially frustrating because of the emphasis Rhule and his staff placed on establishing the run game versus the Giants. Quarterback Sam Darnold struggled mightily without a solid rushing game and was even benched before the end of the contest.
The Panthers will have to turn things around quickly if they hope to make the playoffs. Currently, Carolina owns -1600 odds to miss the playoffs on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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