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Carolina Panthers Week 1 Awards: MVP, LVP and Top Rookie
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The Carolina Panthers fell to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1 by a score of 16-10. While the Panthers didn't play very well, there is no reason to panic at this point. One game does not define a season. 

For all we know, the Bucs could be on their way to winning the NFC South and hosting a playoff game. Such is the nature of the NFL, where competitive parity is a reality and there are shocking results on a weekly basis.

What we do know is that the rushing offense was nonexistent, as the Panthers gained just 10 yards all game. Considering that the Panthers have a very talented backfield—even without Jonathan Stewart—that number is nothing short of jaw-dropping.

The defense performed very well in the second half and gave the offense a chance to get something going. While the Panthers were in striking range for the entire second half, Cam Newton and the offense couldn't sustain drives against Mark Barron and the Bucs defense.

With the New Orleans Saints coming to town, Ron Rivera will have to rally the troops and put them in the best chance to win. If the Panthers are unable to overcome the Saints at home, they will start 0-2 and things could start slipping away.   

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