Despite Pass Push, Panthers Secondary Struggling

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Panthers believe they've found a pass rush. Now they just need to shore up their secondary.

Despite Carolina's 12 sacks on the season -- including a franchise-record seven against Atlanta last Sunday -- the defensive backfield remains an issue.

The Panthers are giving up 259 yards passing a game. They allowed Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan to throw for 369 yards and three touchdowns, including a 59-yard completion to Roddy White to set up the game-winning field goal.

Despite the struggles, coach Ron Rivera has no plans to change the starting lineup, not even free safety Haruki Nakamura who has struggled more than others.

The Panthers host not so pass-happy Seattle on Sunday.

The Seahawks and QB Russell Wilson are averaging just 213 yards passing per game.


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