Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/9/14
While Cam Newton and Co. receive the credit for the Carolina Panthers' turnaround, it's the play of a stifling defense that has them sitting above .500 for the first time in five years entering Week 9. A unit that leads the league in total points allowed (96) and ranks third overall in yards per game, knows how to get after the quarterback. Carolina's defense has yet to allow an offensive touchdown in the first half of a game this season. "I think we have to take pride in something like that each and every week especially going into these division games," defensive tackle Star Lotulelei told FOXSports.com in a telephone interview. "I think that's something that every defense needs to take pride in. Not only on the first half, but scoring in general, you don't want anyone scoring on you especially at home. So, that is something we take pride in." The Panthers are playing with a new mindset and a different type of confidence. Getting off to a strong start in any game is important....
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