I know that it has been 2 weeks, but my absence was for a reason. As some of you may have noticed, in my previous Weekly Previews, I guessed the opposition's score exactly, and I wanted to see if I didn't post the score, if I would still get it right.
Week 4's preview proved to be a bad example. Guess what I thought the score would be. If you guessed that I said the Falcons would have 9, you would be correct; although I said the Panthers would have 27. Unpleased with the results, I decided to try 1 more time. This week I guessed that the score would be Panthers - 31, Chiefs - 14. A 17 point spread. And leave it to the Cats to prove me wrong, only in a good way, they to decided to pitch a shut out and add 3 points to my prediction. Because they did this, my opposition's score guess has now been incorrect and I may return to posting on my blog.
THANK YOU PANTHERS!!!
Week 5 Impressions
In the last 2 weeks, Carolina has proved that they can win the games that they should. Something that has been missing in Carolina for the last 2 years. They have also moved thier home record to 3 - 0, after a 2 - 6 mark last year. The Panthers rush defense has yet to allow a 100 yard rusher and only 1 rushing TD to Bears FB Jason McKie from the inch line. We have had matchups against LaDainian Tomlinson, Matt Forte, Adrian Peterson, Michael Turner, and Larry Johnson. We have given up 97 yards, 92 yards, 77 yards, 56 yards, and 2 yards respectively. Chester Taylor gained 44 yards and Jerious Norwood put up 51 yards. So we held the top 2 running backs (Tomlinson and Peterson) from last year to only 174 yards and 0 TDs. And this years top 2 running backs (Peterson and Turner) to 133 yards and 0 TDs.
Carolina's 19th ranked rushing defense coming into this weeks game, held another top running back in the league, who posted over 300 yards and 3 TDs over the last 2 weeks, to only 2 yards and again 0 TDs. After Week 5's game, Carolina is now the 4th ranked defense in total defense, and the 3rd ranked pass defense.
The defense looked spectacular throughout the game. Their speed was unmatched by the Chiefs offense, and they swarmed to the ball carrier on every play. The DLine gave constant pressure and did not allow the running backs to get to the second level. They pulled in 3 sacks (Julius Peppers, Tyler Brayton, and Charles Johnson) and a forced fumble (Julius Peppers, recovered by Damione Lewis). Peppers has now racked up a sack in each of the last 3 games. The Linebackers filled the holes left by the DLine in the running game forcing the below average Quarterbacks to throw the ball. This lead to an interception by Jon Beason. The secondary played tight coverage on every snap forcing the QBs to make bad decisions which led to yet another interception, this time by Ken Lucas to stop a good Kansas City drive. In total the defense held the Chiefs to just over 150 total yards, and 0 points with 3 total turnovers.
The offense was just as spectacular, although some mistakes were made. The Panthers turned over the ball twice in the redzone. A Jonathan Stewart fumble, and a Jake Delhomme interception. Besides those, the Panthers lit up the scoreboard and the statsheet putting up 34 points and torched the KC defense for just under 450 yards. Stewart and DeAngelo Williams ran for 195 yards (Delhomme added 1 yard, and Goings added 10 for a total of 206 yards). Delhomme added 236 yards through the air with 2 TDs and an interception. Williams caught a TD and ran for 2 and Mushin Muhammad caught the other TD.
Overall, the Panthers played a great game all around and looked like the a completely new team from last year.