Carolina Panthers Falter in Week One

Drew SechlerContributor ISeptember 14, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 12:  Matt Moore #3 of the Carolina Panthers scrambles against the New York Giants on September 12, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Coming into the 2010 season, the Carolina Panthers were labeled as the NFL's youngest team, which isn't necessarily a terrible thing, but normally it means you're rebuilding.

Some prognosticators have said the Panthers could do big things, while skeptics say it could be a long season in Charlotte. After week one's 31-18 loss to the New York Giants, Panther fans are left with many questions.

After five turnovers, some coming in crucial situations where the Panthers were close to coming away with some points, it's hard to remain optimistic as a fan.

Panthers linebacker Jon Beason's optimism of the team was not shook.

"I like this team. I think we still have an opportunity to be very special. We'll just move forward." Beason said.

Moving forward is all you can do.

The season is still extremely young, and while Carolina may be without starting quarterback Matt Moore (who suffered a concussion) for this week's home opener against the 1-0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Fans may get to see rookie QB Jimmy Clausen, who came in late in the game Sunday.

The Panthers had no expectations coming into the season, and after falling on their face in the Meadowlands. We don't know what to expect Sunday.

We do know that Cats will have to get back to the drawing board, and correct the mistakes they made.

DeAngelo Williams may have said it best.

"It's no time to panic at all. It was the first game. We've got 15 left."

Let's just hope the second is better.