Wednesday 23 August 2017 / 01:01 AM

PANTHER FALL FLAT ON MNF

The Carolina Panthers continued their skid on Monday Night Football, dropping to the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-14 on primetime.

It was a huge win for the Bucs, who have put themselves in second place in the NFC South after a three-game slide. Jameis Winston game through on the final drive after struggling most of the night. He had a touchdown toss to Mike Evans late in the third quarter.

The game was filled with drama. The Panthers were led by their backup QB and RB as both Cam Newton and Jonathan Stewart watched from the sidelines. After a shaky game, Bucs rookie kicker Robert Aguayo put it through the uprights following a costly 15-yard facemask penalty on Carolina to set up the chip shot.

It was a tough night for Carolina in a game that many viewed as a must-win. The Panthers faced mistakes and penalties all night, including a forced interception at the one-yard line in the fourth quarter by Anderson.

The result caps off a rough start to the season for the defending NFC Champions, who now face a three-game deficit to the Falcons ahead of Sunday’s game with the Saints. The Panthers are last in the division and need some wins to keep the hope alive that they can make the playoffs.

But the hope within the organization is that the return of Newton will galvanize the team. And that certainly better be true, otherwise the Panthers will watch someone else play for the title they should be defending.

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Austin Albertson

Austin is CBS' senior NFL and NBA analyst, bringing you commentary on everything between the lines and inside the hashes, from the film room to the scoreboard.

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