Kuechly believes defense will turn it around

CHARLOTTE – Since the first time he stepped onto the Bank of America Stadium field, linebacker Luke Kuechly has done big things for the Panthers.

This Sunday, he's focused on doing the little things.

"It's little things, but the little things are big things at the end of the game," Kuechly said. "Everybody has to play together as a team, play their responsibilities and understand that everybody is going to be where they need to be."

Kuechly is off to another strong start, leading the NFL with 46 tackles based on press box statistics. In 2012, he earned NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after leading the league with 164 tackles, and last season he was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year after ranking fourth with 156 tackles.

But for Kuechly, it's about team rather than individual success, and the Panthers enter Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears having allowed 75 points in the last two games.

"We've just got to do a better job of playing as a unit," Kuechly said. "What's fun about this game is you get another opportunity to go out and play."

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