The 2012 season is still young, but there are a few things about the Carolina Panthers we now know which may give us an idea of what kind of team they will be throughout the season.
The team entered the season to much fanfare and hype, even being predicted by a few analysts to reach the playoffs. However, after a poor showing Thursday night, such notions and assumptions may have been premature.
Carolina's performance against the defending champion New York Giants was at best uninspired. The team overall looked flat, the offense was never really in sync and the defense gave up too many big plays through the air and on the ground.
For a team to have such lofty aspirations going into training camp and the season, they picked the wrong night to fall on their collective faces.
So, what have learned this far into the season?
While it may be too early to write the Panthers off, they will have to turn their game around drastically if there is any hope of a postseason appearance in January.
Yes, there are the critics and pundits who have been quick to say, "I told you so" and even imitating a little bit of Dennis Green's famous, "They are who we thought they were" rant but for now, nothing is set in stone and there is still time for Carolina to recover.
We learned a lot Thursday. Some of which we saw on the field, some on the sidelines and some from the postgame interviews. Here are the top five.