Originally posted on Inside The Panthers  |  Last updated 12/4/11
   There was a school of thought during the preseason that the Panthers, given their youth and new identity with Ron Rivera and his staff, might start slowly and get better as the season wore on.    That appears to be the way it's playing out.    The Panthers' 38-19 victory over Tampa Bay Sunday was their most complete performance of the season and gave them a second consecutive victory. That may not sound like much by the Green Bay Packers' standard but it's another step for the Panthers who seem to be gathering momentum as they roll into December.    While the attention focused on Cam Newton setting a new NFL rushing touchdown record for quarterbacks with 13, it doesn't diminish an impressive performance by the defense against Tampa Bay's rushing game. The Panthers got burned for a couple of big pass plays but generally dominated the Bucs, who are going the wrong way in a hurry.    The Panthers have found a good balance running and passing, though Rivera wasn't joking when he said he
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