Following a tough loss against Tampa Bay to start the season, a victory in Week 2 over the Saints put the Panthers back on track.
But that's the Panthers' only win entering the bye week.
"We're not going to hang our heads and say it's over," safety
As the 1-4 Panthers use the bye week to regroup, here's a review of all three phases.
Newton is also the team's leading rusher, compiling 209 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Running backs
The running back trio has combined to rush for just 306 yards. Stewart in particular should benefit greatly from the bye week, as he works an ankle injury – which sidelined him in Weeks 1 and 3 – back to full strength.
In the passing game, wide receivers
BREAKDOWN: The Panthers' offense was dynamic and explosive against the Saints and Falcons but found it difficult to string together first downs in the other three contests, let alone score enough points to win.
"It's real frustrating," LaFell said. "We all know we are better than that, at the end of the day we haven't shown it. It's frustrating week in and week out to put these types of performances on film.
"We have to get better on this bye week."
The offense accounted for just one touchdown against the Buccaneers and Giants before the Seahawks held them out of the end zone entirely.
Defenses have been successful taking away the vertical big plays, and head coach Ron Rivera wants Newton to take more advantage of the underneath routes. The Panthers are also in need of a running game resurgence to create more manageable down and distance situations, and effectively set up downfield play-action passes.
Making things more challenging moving forward, the Panthers offense will be without Pro Bowl center
DEFENSE: Up front, the Carolina defensive line has provided a consistent pass rush. The Panthers' 14 total sacks ranks ninth in the NFL.
Stopping the run and tackling have been issues early in the season.
Carolina ranks 23rd against the run (127.4 yards allowed per game), but the Panthers produced their best outing last Sunday – limiting Seahawks' running back Marshawn Lynch to 85 yards.
The secondary has had its share of bright moments – safety Charles Godfrey and cornerback
BREAKDOWN: Six players in Carolina's starting 11 on defense either missed all of last season due to injury or are in their first season with the team. That doesn't include linebacker Davis, who had been used in sub packages prior to starting last week.
The unit is still developing cohesiveness and establishing an identity. The improved health of Beason and cornerback
SPECIAL TEAMS: Kicker
Another rookie, wideout
The coaching staff knows Adams adds an explosive dimension to the return game, but ball-security must improve for that element to become a factor.