3 things we learned from the Panthers’ loss at the Bucs

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Robby Anderson
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The dust has now settled on a second consecutive defeat to start the season for the Carolina Panthers.

Little was expected of the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium against the Buccaneers, who are aiming for big things in 2020 after a number of eye-catching acquisitions in free agency. A disappointing first half left them too much to do after the interval. But the number of mistakes made on both sides of the ball was also telling.

This is a work in progress for this young group. They didn’t have much time to adjust to one another prior to competitive action getting underway and this has really come across in their first two fixtures.

We have been saying for a while now that things might get worse before they get better in Carolina. Their expectations going into the campaign were at an all-time low. But if this concerning trend continues throughout the season then it might actually be even more problematic than first feared.

There is much work to be done before the Panthers make the long trip to Los Angeles to take on the Chargers next weekend. Anthony Lynn’s men looked hugely impressive against the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs or Sunday. So it will be another stern test of Carolina’s credentials.

Let’s take a look at some of the big things we learned from the Panthers’ perspective during their 31-17 reverse at the Bucs.