Top-graded Panthers in Week 6's loss to Saints

Pro Football Focus has released its top-graded Carolina Panthers from Sunday's 41-38 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Here's a look at the highest-graded offensive performers, with no surprise as tight end Greg Olsen and quarterback Cam Newton lead the way.

TE Greg Olsen, 85.5

QB Cam Newton, 80.7

LG Andrew Norwell, 79.2

C Ryan Kalil, 78.0

WR Ted Ginn, 77.5

Here's what Pro Football Focus said about the Panthers' offensive performance.

WR Kelvin Benjamin had one of those frustrating games he’s prone to having, as he dropped two passes and mistimed his jump on another ball that fell incomplete. TE Greg Olsen caught six of his seven targets against five different defenders, the shortest of the collection still going for 11 yards. While tackles Mike Remmers and Daryl Williams combined to give up a sack and seven total pressures, the three interior lineman each posted clean sheets in pass protection.

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Defensively, the Panthers' trio of linebackers once again were the bright spot.

LB Shaq Thompson, 87.5

LB Luke Kuechly, 86.2

LB Thomas Davis, 77.5

DE Mario Addison, 73.8

S Kurt Coleman, 72.6

PFF continued its breakdown of the Panthers' defense.

Forced to play 51 snaps due to injuries in the secondary (most notably CB Daryl Worley), rookie Zack Sanchez was a repeated victim of Brees’ brilliance. He gave up seven catches on nine targets, including Cooks’ 87-yard touchdown and TE Josh Hill’s 8-yard touchdown. Brees had a perfect QB rating when targeting Sanchez. As usual, linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis always seemed to be involved in the action, as the duo combined for 13 solo tackles, four stops and two pressures.

You can read Pro Football Focus' entire writeup, including a more in-depth look at Newton's performance, here.

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