10 quick thoughts from the Carolina Panthers loss at Bengals in Week 9

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What were some quick thoughts to take from the Carolina Panthers’ loss at the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 9?

After collapsing late due to individual errors at the Atlanta Falcons in a gut-wrenching fashion, how this team responded in the face of significant adversity was something every fan was monitoring closely in Week 9 at the Cincinnati Bengals.

Things are improving gradually under interim head coach Steve Wilks. The Panthers look better organized and those who were on the outside looking in with Matt Rhule calling the shots are thriving in the immediate aftermath of his firing, which is a solid foundation from which to build moving forward.

The Bengals represented another stern test for Carolina on the road. As it turned out, this was a challenge too far for the Panthers as they were soundly beaten to move to 2-7 on the season.

With this in mind, here are ten quick thoughts from the Panthers’ loss versus the Bengals at Paycor Stadium in Week 9.

Quick Thought No. 1

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Carolina Panthers got in a hole early

It was vital for the Carolina Panthers to get off to a good start. Unfortunately, a lack of execution put them in a hole early and left them with far too much to overcome.

Sloppy offense and no defensive cohesion meant this contest was over with just over seven minutes remaining in the second quarter. This culminated in Joe Mixon’s second touchdown of the game to surge the score to 21-0.

After so much optimism last weekend despite the overall result, this was a return to the team that floundered under Matt Rhule. Not a good sign at all.