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Panthers Rebound: Pound Saints

Posted on: October 19, 2008 6:14 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2008 11:14 pm
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After a terrible Week 6, the Panthers came into Bank of America with something to prove.  Today we hosted the New Orleans Saints.  As a starter, Jake Delhomme was coming in as 6 - 2 against his former team.  Sean Payton as 1 - 4 against the rival Cats.

After an embarrasing performance last week, the Carolina Panthers put together a dominating performance that started in the 1st quarter.  A 10 play just under 6 minute drive that culminated in a John Kasay Field Goal to put us ahead 3 - 0 on the opening drive.  The Saints final drive of the 1st quarter placed them in the red zone.  At the beginning of the 2nd quarter, Mike Karney punched it in from the inch line for the Saints only score of the game.  The next Panthers drive stalled, but we were able to contain Reggie Bush on Punt Returns until he left the game at halftime with a hurt knee.

Offensively

Carolina began to get thier running game going and got an 18 yard scamper from Jonathan Stewart, his 5th TD run of the year.  Both DeAngelo Williams and Stewart ran the ball over 15 times (18 and 17 respectively) for 68 yards apiece.  Jake Delhomme got settled in the pocket and was able to play one of the best games of his career.  He passed for 64% completion percentage (14 for 22) 195 yards, 2 TD's and 0 interceptions, culminating in a 122.35 passer rating.  Steve Smith and Williams both caught TD tosses, the former being between 2 Saints defenders.

Defensively

The Carolina defense started off strong, but gave up a long 2nd drive for a TD.  After that point, the defense settled down and refused to let the Saints drive.  Julius Peppers was in the backfield all day, but only got a sack and forced fumble to show for it.  The Panther secondary, Ken Lucas, Richard Marshall, Charles Godfrey, and Chris Harris had great coverage the entire day, no allowing the big play.  We forced 2 turnovers and were in position for more.  The defense shut down the on of the top offenses in the league, and created excellent opportunities for the offense to make plays.

The defense was able to contain Drew Brees' favorite targets in Marques Colston and Jeremy Shockey the entire day.  Although the Saints running game got started early, we began to shut Bush down before he got hurt, allowing the secondary to worry about coverage rather than containing the run.  Ken Lucas picked off Brees, while Julius Peppers forced Shockey to fumble, which was picked up by Chris Harris.

Special Teams

On special teams, Rhys Lloyd got the game started off right with Touchbacks on the kickoffs.  Our kick/punt coverage contained Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas not allowing a big return.  Jason Baker allowed the punt coverage enough time to get down the field with long, high punts.  Our blocking on the punts allowed Baker enough time to get off the punt.  And our kick/punt returners played smart, calling fair catches when the opposing coverage was in place and running North and South when there was an opening.

OVERALL good game by the entire Panthers team.  John Fox should pull a page out of Mack Brown's (coach of Texas Longhorns) book and bury the game ball so that the Panthers will focus on the October 26th matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.  I'm looking forward to another great game.
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Kazmanian Devil
Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2008 12:05 pm
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Since: Nov 10, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2008 9:17 pm
 

Panthers Rebound: Pound Saints

The Panthers looked more sharp than a razor in all phases of the game against the Saints. Now the question becomes: Can they stay consistent? I guess we will find out this weekend against the Arizona Cardinals!



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2008 9:03 pm
 

Panthers Rebound: Pound Saints

Good analysis.  If the Panthers can start playingon the road like they have been at home, they will be a force in the NFC.  It'll be a real battle for the Division crown.  The Cardinals are an opponent to be wary of, for sure.  They need to take care of business there and not slip up when the schedule softens a little after.


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