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Baker Mayfield confident he and Panthers can bounce back

Chris Simms and Ahmed Fareed run down the best headlines from Week 4 in the NFL, including a shootout in Detroit and a battle of struggling offenses between the Cardinals and Panthers.

Baker Mayfield had his worst game in four games with the Panthers, going 22-of-36 for 197 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in the loss to the Cardinals on Sunday.

Matt Rhule met with Mayfield on Tuesday and expressed confidence his starting quarterback can get things turned in the right direction.

“I think he’s elite-ly resilient,” Rhule said of Mayfield Wednesday, via Darin Gantt of the team website. “You don’t go from unrecruited out of high school to the Heisman Trophy to the first pick in the draft without having self-confidence.

“Baker’s been through a lot as a player. I have no concerns about his resiliency; he’s fantastic that way.”

The Panthers rank 32nd in total offense and in third-down conversions, and Mayfield is 30th in passer rating.

“I’ve been here before,” Mayfield said when asked about the recent struggles of the Panthers’ offense. “I’m pretty comfortable in this position. I have experience being able to bounce back and being able to handle things the right way and lead. To me, we’ll be just fine.”

Mayfield made references to things they have seen on tape that are easily fixable, but he knows it’s time to start fixing them. Consistency is key, he said.

“Nobody’s happy where we’re at, plain and simple,” Mayfield said. “But you can either harp on it or look at the tape, fix it and get better from it. We have to overall be better. It’s consistent from looking at the tape. We have to do our job better, at a higher level.

“It’s time for our offense to actually play well, instead of just relying on our defense and special teams to save us and bail us out. Handling the next punch is how adversity goes for me. Things are going to happen. Some things happen in a game you can’t control, but some things that have hurt us we can control. That’s how we need to process this information.”