Redskins behind them before packing their bags and heading to Philadelphia to face the defending champion Eagles."Learn and grow from it and move on [b][url=http://www.authenticscarolinapanthers.com/cheap-christian-mccaffrey-jersey]Color Rush Christian McCaffrey Jersey[/url][/b] ," Rivera said matter-of-factly on Monday.The Panthers seemed to have all of the momentum on their side entering the game at Washington.Not only were the Panthers coming off a dramatic win against the Giants on a 63-yard field goal, but they were also getting tight end Greg Olsen back from a broken foot and linebacker Thomas Davis from a four-game suspension. Meanwhile, the Redskins had just been exposed in an embarrassing 43-19 defeat to the Saints the week before, a game in which cornerback Josh Norman was benched at halftime.Instead of carrying that momentum over, the Panthers (3-2) turned the ball three times in a lackluster 23-17 loss to the Redskins, leaving them one game behind the Saints in the NFC South."When you look at games like this, losing is not going to define us," Rivera said. "How we handle it next week, that's what is going to define us. If we take advantage of the opportunity to learn and grow from it, we have a chance to take a step forward. If we don't [b][url=http://www.authenticscarolinapanthers.com/cheap-dj-moore-jersey]Youth DJ Moore Jersey[/url][/b] , we will get beat again."The loss to the Redskins is a microcosm of what is happening around the league this season.One week a team looks awful; the next week it looks like world beaters."The thing that is happening is you see more parity," Rivera said. "You look around at teams that didn't start very well and all of sudden they're playing well. Look at what Dallas did. They played a very talented Jacksonville team on Sunday and scored 40 (points). That is a sign of what is happening. ... It's all over the place and each week it will be something different."For the Panthers, the loss further exposed some lingering problems that have been overshadowed by wins.Most notably, the team has struggled defending the run.Carolina's defense allowed 33-year-old Adrian Peterson to run for 97 yards on 17 carries and continued to struggle getting off the field on third down. The Panthers offense, as it has been prone to do all year, had lengthy lulls in production, and the three turnovers were critical.Olsen said the Panthers have been inconsistent this season."When you are 3-1 everyone thinks everyone thinks everything is great, but the reality is it's not," Olsen said. "And that game is a microcosm of that. There was a lot of bad, but also a lot of good. It's just really hard to overcome all of the bad" turnovers.Quarterback Cam Newton called the loss a tough pill to swallow [b][url=http://www.authenticscarolinapanthers.com/cheap-dontari-poe-jersey]Color Rush Dontari Poe Jersey[/url][/b] , but is eager to play the Eagles."When you put so much energy, time, effort into something and you don't get the turnout that you want. ...," Newton said. "But at the end of the day, no one is going to feel sorry for you. We don't expect anyone to feel sorry for us. We just got to get right for next week."Rivera added that he's not lost faith in rookie wide receiver D.J. Moore, the team's first-round draft pick who fumbled twice which led to 10 Redskins points."D.J. is going to be a part of what we do for a long time, as is Curtis Samuel, as is pretty much anybody on this football team," Rivera said. "If we believe in them, we're going to keep putting them out there. That's the only way these guys are going to learn and develop into the players we believe they can be. We will stick with them." The Panthers best path to the playoffs is to win the NFC South. Amazingly [b][url=http://www.authenticscarolinapanthers.com/cheap-cam-newton-jersey]Youth Cam Newton Jersey[/url][/b] , after last weeks’ loss and the Saints dominant 8-1 record, a division crown is still in reach for the Panthers. It is possible, but only just. The team that lost to the Steelers 52-21 last Thursday isn’t going to to do it, but a team motivated by that loss might. It’s no secret that the Saints are having a hell of a year off the venerated arm of Drew Brees and the lightning, Christian McCaffrey-esque talent of Alvin Kamara. Their only loss came to the season opening appearance of Fitzmagic. To catch up, the Panthers have to win out —including two wins against the Saints— to guarantee a division title. They will need the Saints to lose in kind for any more losses the Panthers suffer this year.The problem with that is the Saint’ schedule. Going forward, it doesn’t look terribly frightening. They play the Eagles, the Falcons, the Cowboys, the Bucs [b][url=http://www.authenticscarolinapanthers.com/cheap-mike-adams-jersey]http://www.authenticscarolinapanthers.com/cheap-mike-adams-jersey[/url][/b] , the Panthers twice, and the Steelers. The difference of home or away doesn’t seem to matter much for them this year.Pittsburgh is easily the best team left on their schedule and nobody is ranking them over the Saints right now. If ever location were going to make a difference for the Saints then it might have been in this game. Unfortunately for the Panthers, the Steelers will be traveling to New Orleans. Obviously, Carolina still needs to at least split with New Orleans to have any hope even if the Saints do lose to the Steelers. Rooting for any other team to beat the Saints is a combination of hoping for divisional shenanigans or crossing your fingers and chanting ‘any given Sunday.’ That is the NFL equivalent of standing in a crosswalk and hoping that runaway truck’s brakes will start working again.The Panthers best hope is to win out. That would likely tie each team with a 13-3 record. In this scenario, the Panthers would have the tiebreaker over the Saints because of both head-to-head and divisional records.Beating the Saints once this year is a task of which few NFL teams seem to be capable. Beating them twice in three weeks is the kind of resume that recommends a team to Super Bowl odds makers. To do that, the Panthers will have to overcome their terrible record on the road this season and then overcome the red hot division rival who gave them fits in three games last year.That’s a tough road, but it is still technically possible. It is also the only way the Panthers will likely see a playoff game at home.
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