Evaluating the Panthers offense and how they can win in Week 2

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Christian McCaffrey
(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Christian McCaffrey /
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The Carolina Panthers fell to the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 1 but the offense put up 30 points. A solid showing for a group in their first game together.

Many football experts have the Carolina Panthers as being one of the worst teams in the league in their record predictions. They may have spoken too soon.

The Carolina Panthers lost some key players this offseason like Luke Kuechly, James Bradberry, Greg Olsen, and Cam Newton. The front office wasted no time finding great replacements. In Week 1 new players Teddy Bridgewater, Robby Anderson, and Russell Okung looked fantastic. They executed the offense very well and were close to winning the game.

The Panthers fell 34-30 against a solid Las Vegas Raiders team. The defense was expected to struggle this season but they held their own against a very talented offense.

Josh Jacobs is very tough to contain for any defense but the Panthers did their best to not let him control the game. Rookie Derrick Brown did a superb job at pressuring Derek Carr into making bad throws throughout a promising debut from the No. 7 overall pick.

The offense started slow but they really picked it up in the second half. Bridgewater looked poised and Christian McCaffrey proved he is still the best running back in the league.

The Panthers put up 30 points on the Raiders defense and the offense got into a great groove. They are facing a tougher proposition when they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But how should they game plan for the Bucs?