Posted September 10, 2012 on AP on Fox
The Panthers are trying to figure out what caused their high-flying offense to crash and burn in their season-opening 16-10 loss at Tampa Bay. They'd better do it soon to avoid falling into a big early season hole. The Panthers host NFC powers New Orleans and the New York Giants in the next 10 days, teams with quarterbacks who know a thing or two about putting points on the board. Coach Ron Rivera remains upbeat, saying ''it's not time to panic.'' But there is a lot to work on. The Panthers had the fifth-highest scoring offense and the third-best running game in the NFL in 2011, but Cam Newton and the Panthers were dreadful against Bucs managing just 10 points while matching a franchise-low with 10 yards rushing.
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