They might have been hard to see at the time, but here are some positives for the Carolina Panthers to take from their Week 2 loss at the Buccaneers.
It hasn’t been the best or easiest start to the 2020 season for the Carolina Panthers by any stretch of the imagination.
New head coach Matt Rhule is now 0-2 after their Week 2 loss at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Carolina Panthers were contributors to their own demise with a dismal opening to the game. And although things picked up in the second half it was not enough to claw back a 21-point deficit.
If they thought the result was bad, things were about to get much worse.
The news that Christian McCaffrey is going to miss between four and six weeks is a hammer blow. He is the key component in Carolina’s success and not having their star player in the backfield is going to cause some serious complications.
A trip to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3 is next up for the Panthers. Anthony Lynn’s men put up a stern fight against the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs before eventually falling in overtime. They also happen to possess arguably the NFL’s best pass-rushing tandem in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram.
This is going to be another monumental challenge for Carolina’s young roster to overcome, especially without their All-Prop running back. Despite the eventual result, there were some encouraging signs to take from their loss at the Bucs which might stand them in good stead at the incredible SoFi Stadium. Here are four such examples of positivity.