Result: Eagles – 28, Panthers – 23 Frustrating game to say the least. I knew it was going to be a physically gritty game, but I did not expect the referees to get in on it, too. Anyone who watches and understands football knows that this Thursday night’s game was unfairly called.
I mean, the Philadelphia Eagles were called on what were (mostly questionable) 10 fouls for 126 yards, while the Carolina Panthers had ONE penalty for ONE yard, with multiple obvious missed calls. Carolina had the advantage by not only having home field on their side, but the refs as well. It’s discouraging when the officiating crew is not fair to both teams; it sends the wrong message. Players lose confidence because they’re not being allowed to play and fear that any more penalties called could cost them the game.
The Detroit Lions had come off of a great victory over their division rival, Minnesota Vikings and were feeling pretty good about themselves. But so were the Panthers, who defeated the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots in Week 4.
In a week full of distraction for the Panthers, the Lions were thinking they had them right where they wanted them. In Ford Field, with a healthy rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis back from a concussion. He was missed these last two games.
The Panthers, one of the least penalized teams in the NFL, had 11 penalties for 100 yards, and most of them happened in the first quarter. The Lions were able to capitalize and went ahead 10-3. But Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton remembered he was Cam Newton and the Panthers then scored 17 unanswered points. However, the Lions weren’t all the way done.
There was a time when a victory at Gillette Stadium for quarterback Tom Brady was almost guaranteed. That time has passed. Brady’s record at home before this season for regular season games was 101-16. So far this season, the Patriots have played at home 3 times – and lost twice. They lost their second home game of the season to quarterback Cam Newton and his Carolina Panthers doing what Brady normally does: running out the clock and putting his time in a position to win the game in the final seconds of the fourth quarter.
After a disappointing, dismal appearance in a week three loss to the New Orlean Saints, the Carolina Panthers seemed to get it together against the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots in week four.
Film study, stout defense, and a patient offense proved to be a difference maker on Sunday. The Patriots entered the game as the worst defense in the league and likely remained the same. Offensive Coordinator Mike Shula showed balance with his play calling, 29 rushing attempts and 29 passing plays.
Quarterback Cam Newton dissected a struggling Patriot defense going 22 of 29 passing, for 316 yards, four touchdowns touchdowns (including one rushing), and one interception. Running backs Jonathan Stewart, and Christian McCaffrey, wide receiver Damiere Byrd along with Newton himself added another 140 yards on the ground.
On a day when hope seemed to slip away, hope peeked over the clouds at Bank of America Stadium and turned on a dime. There were dark whisperings; the Panthers’ offense was sputtering but none knew how much until it was exposed in a familiar matchup.
The Saints defense took advantage of the Carolina offensive struggles and absence of strategic players. But the surprise of the afternoon was how the dominance of the Saints offense (sans their strategic players) held sway over the vaunted Panthers’ defense. Continue reading “Watch Out For The Saints”→
Charlotte, NC– Entering their third game of the 2017 season, the Carolina Panthers had defensive momentum on their side. That momentum dissipated quickly on Sunday. After two impressive first series, that momentum disintegrated into two field goals. Here is the Good, Bad, Ugly and Beautiful from Sunday’s game.
The Good: Running back Jonathan Stewart ran extremely hard on Sunday. He now only trails former Carolina Panther running back (breast cancer advocate extraordinaire) Deangelo Williams by 46 yards for the franchise record. Running back Christian Mccaffrey had the first 100-yard receiving game by a running back in Carolina since 2011. ( Hey, Stewart!!)
Wide receiver Samuel Curtis has the longest rush of the season for 30 yards.
Only one penalty for each team. Kicker Graham Gano is 8 for 8. He should be 9-9 (see the bad)