4 instant takeaways from Panthers’ Week 2 loss at the Bucs

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The Carolina Panthers kept fighting

The easy option for the Carolina Panthers after going 21-0 down at the half would be to drop their heads and rollover. That doesn’t seem to be in this roster’s way of thinking if the first two weeks of the season are any indication.

If Carolina came out flat in the second half in Week 1, then they were all guns blazing after the break against the Bucs. Their defense was especially solid across all areas and the offense was suddenly able to move the ball far more efficiently due to some major adjustments.

The coaching staff deserves credit for the way they got back into the game. They made adjustments on both sides of the ball and they were the better team throughout the second half.

The Panthers’ fortunes ultimately came down to turnovers and getting off to the slowest of starts. It’s easy to forget that this group has been together for just over a month due to an unprecedented offseason of disruption and once timing and communication improves, then so should results.

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There can be little denying the fact that the Panthers are fun to watch, for the good and the bad. Anyone who was expecting miracles in Carolina this season is going to be short-changed. But there is some scope for progress thanks in no small part to this team’s refusal to lie down no matter their predicament.