CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers' secondary is picking up where it left off last season -- and that's not a good thing.
Carolina had the league's worst opponent-completion percentage last season at 66.8. One week into this season, after Seattle's Russell Wilson completed 25-of-33 attempts for a 75.8 success rate, the Panthers are ahead of only Chicago (78.8) and Oakland (78.3).
And Manuel wasn't that bad in his debut against New England, going 18-for-27 for a 66.7 percentage.
The good news for Carolina after the 12-7 loss is that starting strong safety Mike Mitchell (calf) may be back this week. The Panthers also are considering using cornerback Josh Norman more -- perhaps over starting left corner Josh Thomas, who was burned for the 43-yard game-winning touchdown.
"We’ve just got to work on that on defense,'' cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said of reducing opposing quarterbacks' efficiency. "I think we only had one break-up in the back, and that’s not good being in the secondary.
"We’ve got to work on that, continue trying to get the ball out and make plays on the ball.”