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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule has harped on the lack of red zone efficiency most of the 2020 NFL season, and his team’s inability to run efficiently inside the 20 in particular has been a concern.
That Carolina faced the NFL’s top-ranked defense inside the red zone didn’t help. The Bears were allowing opponents to score touchdowns 36.4% of the time.
The Panthers (3-3) made the Bears’ defense look even better, particularly in the first half where they walked away from two drives inside the 5-yard line with field goals.
Perhaps the best play of those drives came on fourth-and-3 when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater drew Chicago offside when it appeared the Panthers had no intention of running a play. That gave Carolina first-and-goal from the 3 — and it still couldn’t capitalize to get points.
Again, the lack of a running game was