Perhaps we've just been beaten into submission by watching so much of the bad, but the Carolina Panthers actually played some serviceable offense in the second quarter.
They trail Tampa Bay 21-10 at halftime, but there were a few moments there where they looked like a real live NFL team on one side of the ball.
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QB Jimmy Clausen has made a number of big third-down conversions, and they scored a touchdown on Josh Vaughan's third NFL carry.
It's that kind of week, folks.
The score was set up when TE Dante Rosario recovered a muffed punt. It appeared Panthers CB Marcus Hudson dragged Bucs special teamer Elbert Mack into the path of the ball, allowing Rosario to grab it on the fly.
That's the first time this season the Panthers have scored a touchdown off an opponent turnover, having scored three field goals previously.
The Bucs scored early int he quarter on an all-run drive, with LeGarrette Blount putting together back-to-back 17-yard runs to score.
Then they added the last one with 50 seconds left in the half on a 24-yard pass from Josh Freeman to Kellen Winslow, a perennially tough matchup for the Panthers.
It's about to get away from them, but there are moments of progress.
-- Darin Gantt