Panthers 25 Patriots 14: 5 winners Christian Miller Baltimore Ravens Jersey , 3 losers from the Panthers’ third preseason win pressive game tonight as the defeated the New England Patriots 25-14 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The first-team looked great and carried a 9-3 lead into halftime before the backups took over in the second half. The Panthers second and third units also played well, preserving the lead that the first-team earned in the first half.Let’s take a look at five winners and three loser’s from tonight’s winning effort.WinnersOffensive line: Credit where it’s due—this patchwork line actually did a great job at keeping Cam Newton upright and giving him time to make plays. They even overcame adversity when Jeremiah Sirles went down to a hamstring injury early in the first half that forced Blaine Clausell to step in at right tackle. I know it’s just the preseason, but I was very pleased with what I saw out of the offensive line.Cam Newton: Cam had a good night, going 11-for-17 for 142 yards Womens Christian Miller Jersey , and he somehow survived that scary dive where he landed on his head/neck in the first quarter. It’s the preseason, Cam. Don’t do things like that. We can’t handle it.Taylor Heinicke: He won the No. 2 quarterback job tonight if you asked me. He was the one asked to come into the game during Cam’s concussion scare, and then when he played in the third quarter he did an excellent job moving the offense. He made some great throws (especially that one to Curtis Samuel) and also showed his mobility on his touchdown run. A solid performance like that is how you make you case that you deserve a spot, and I think Heinicke did exactly that.Cameron Artis-Payne: A solid showing from CAP tonight is exactly what he needed to show the coaches that he had something to offer this team if he was included in the 53-man roster. He ran with a purpose tonight and it showed. I think he penciled himself on the final roster and it’s now his spot to lose.Curtis Samuel: Samuel had some great catches last night and showed his ability to pick up yardage when given space to work with. He stretched out and made a great catch on a pass from Heinicke that set up the Panthers’ first touchdown in the second half. He’s quickly moving up the depth chart with each passing game. Honorable mention (written by Brian Beversluis):Colin Jones: THE ACE THAT RUNS THE PLACE. Fumble recovery? Check. Cementing his spot on the roster? Check. The league is going to be on fire with talk of the New Orleans Saints as the best team in the NFL after their win over the Los Angeles Rams. The previously undefeated Rams, the Saints Christian Miller Baltimore Ravens Jersey , the New England Patriots, and the Kansas City Chiefs have been the stories of the season as far as the league is concerned. Their offenses are lightning rods for attention and impossible for defenses. The Carolina Panthers, meanwhile, came out of the gates this season with more of a stumble than a start.Their offensive explosion in the last three games rivals what the media darlings have produced without garnering quite as much attention. They are going to be mentioned frequently, but they will be cast in the role of an obstacle for the Saints. For now there is only so much air to fill and the Panthers might not make the cut as an elite team. That’s irrelevant to their hopes this season.It may have taken a few games to figure out how to use all of their pieces on offense Greg Olsen Jersey 2019 , but their record is still in striking distance of the best in the league. They have won their last three games because of a newfound willingness to put their skill position players in successful situations. Last season saw three losses to the Saints in part because their defense had no answer to Alvin Kamara, but mostly because their offense couldn’t keep up.There is still a gulf between the Saints and the Panthers on offense. That will exist until the Panthers prove it doesn’t in a head-to-head contest. The ability to use Christian McCaffrey, Curtis Samuel, and D.J. Moore consistently and creatively makes that gulf seem smaller than it once did. They have scored 33 points per game over the last three games. That’s more than their season mark in 2015. The Panthers seem destined to play the Saints three times again this season. Their new look offense will be the difference in those games — if the Panthers are able to overcome them at all.Their offense isn’t the only unit finding creative solutions to problems. The Panthers began the season a little slow in the secondary and struggling to produce pressure. Eric Washington’s first year as defensive coordinator has been rocky to say the least. Much of that has changed with the integration of Eric Reid into the defense. The secondary is now producing turnovers at a greater rate than last years’ and the Panthers are getting a variety of players, including Reid Blue Greg Olsen Jersey , involved in blitzes that are finally producing results.They are still uncomfortably old at defensive end, a fact that is now unavoidable. Washington has to keep finding ways to manufacture pressure outside of his traditional pass rushers if the Panthers are to have a chance in the playoffs. The offense may be the key to beating the Saints, but balance will be required to tackle the rest of the league. They will have the luxury of competing with less of a circus than they had in 2015 until they face New Orleans.Every game between now and January shapes what the Panthers postseason will look like. At 6-2, they are all but guaranteed a wild card berth at the least. It would require a fantastic failure or travesty of bad fortune for the Panthers to fall short of that. Whether or not they struggle with the Saints, return to bad coaching habits Kawann Short Jersey 2019 , or grow too long in the tooth on defense between now and then will tell us what this season is. Right now, everything is still in front of them.