Panthers' slow starting defense needs to step up

Panthers' slow starting defense needs to step up

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CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 20: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants runs with the ball against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 11:45 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Panthers need to avoid another slow start Sunday to have a better chance of upending the unbeaten Atlanta Falcons. 

That's something they haven't done this season. 

The Panthers haven't shown up ready to play and have allowed opponent to score a touchdown on the opening possession in all three games. The Panthers (1-2) recovered in Week 2 to beat New Orleans, but never led in losses to Tampa Bay and the New York Giants. 

Linebacker Thomas Davis says Carolina needs to come out with "better intensity" early against the 3-0 Falcons. Davis says the Georgia Dome is particularly loud and falling behind only makes winning there more difficult. 

But stopping Matt Ryan and the Falcons won't be easy. Atlanta has scored on its opening possession in its three wins.
 

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