Give Jordan Gross credit for trying to inject a bit of humor into the otherwise grim Panthers' locker room Sunday after their woeful 30-3 loss to Tennessee.
Asked where the Panthers go from here, Gross quipped, "I think we go to Detroit, right?"
Then to Indianapolis. Then to Tampa Bay.
There is no easy part to the Panthers' schedule but the relatively soft part -- three straight home games with an off week squeezed in -- turned into a 1-2 month that produced far more frustration than satisfaction. Now it's all about going on the road and trying to put together the kind of overall performance they had trouble creating at home.
If you subscribe to the theory that every team has a stinker during the season, then this was the Panthers. Start to finish, it was flat and discouraging.
The flip side of the stinker theory is every team has one superior performance in them and the Panthers have not had that one yet. Maybe they won't have it...