A Teddy Bridgewater-Joe Brady combo could have Panthers competing in NFC

4:23 PM ET

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will get much-deserved credit for his performance in Sunday’s 31-21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

But don’t forget about Joe Brady.

What the NFL’s youngest offensive coordinator has done at 30, particularly since star running back Christian McCaffrey was lost 4-to-6 weeks with an ankle injury, has been as impressive as the turnaround by the defense.

And the defensive turnaround has been impressive the past two weeks since figuring out how to pressure the quarterback.

The combination of an offense that stresses opposing defenses with a defense stressing opposing offenses has helped Carolina (2-2) win two straight and could make them a factor in the NFC.

Brady was somewhat of an unknown coming into the season because of his age and inexperience. He was criticized for a late fourth-and-1 call in the opening loss to Las Vegas with the Panthers driving for a potential winning touchdown.

Since then he’s gotten into a groove with his playcalling, particularly the past two weeks with McCaffrey out. He’s put Bridgewater and his supporting cast in position to make easy plays in much the same way he did at LSU last season

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