4 key takeaways from the Panthers’ loss vs. the Bucs in Week 10

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Another third-quarter disaster for the Carolina Panthers

Once again, the Carolina Panthers were in a tight game against a Super Bowl contender at the half. But what happened after the interval was nothing short of an embarrassment.

Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong in the third quarter. In fact, so much didn’t go the Panthers’ way that it’s hard to know where exactly to begin.

The wheels started coming off when running back Ronald Jones ran 98 yards for a touchdown, which was the longest run Carolina has ever given up, This was swiftly followed by an interception by Teddy Bridgewater on the following drive that put the Panthers in an even deeper hole.

But wait, there’s more.

Carolina allowed an inexcusable third-and-19 conversion on a Scotty Miller check-down when Tom Brady was simply trying to get additional yardage for a field goal attempt. An ongoing problem that needs to be rectified at the earliest possible opportunity.

There was also a dismal fake punt attempt that couldn’t have come at a worse time, which capped off a disastrous third quarter for a team that has set the bar pretty high when it comes to poor production after the half time break.

Simply put, the Panthers aren’t going to get anywhere if this carries on for much longer.