Posted October 04, 2012 on
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The Panthers believe they've found a pass rush. Now they just need to shore up their secondary.
Despite Carolina's 12 sacks on the season - including a franchise-record seven against Atlanta last Sunday - the defensive backfield remains an issue.
The Panthers are giving up 259 yards passing a game. And they allowed Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan to throw for 369 yards and three touchdowns in a heartbreaking 30-28 loss, including a 59-yard completion to Roddy White to set up the game-winning field goal.
''We need a game where as a collective group where we play four quarters,'' said defensive end Charles Johnson, who had 3 1/2 sacks against the Falcons. ''We need to be good on third-down situations, create turnovers and in the red zone. And we can't give up the big play. Every week it's something different with us.''
They may get just the break they need Sunday when they host not-so-pass-happy Seattle.
Led by rookie quarterback Russ...
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Carolina Panthers Charles Johnson had 0 sacks coming into Week 4 against the Atlanta Falcons with the Panthers as a whole being one of the worst pass rush teams in the NFL. However Johnson exploded onto the scene in Week 4 with 3.5 sacks proving that his flirtations will being deemed a bust will have to wait for a little while longer. Sure, Johnson was a third round draft pick out...
Last season, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh inherited a team that hadn’t notched a winning season in almost a decade. Harbaugh took the same group of players that went 6-10 under Mike Singletary and led them to the NFC Championship. Starting quarterback Alex Smith, who many people called a first-round bust, revitalized his career with the most efficient season of his...
Just let me preface this by saying that I’m probably going to get some cruel comments, because I haven’t bought what this team was selling from the moment they decided to tie up $81 million on their running back duo. They’re fine players, no doubt, but to put that much of a cap hit on a position like that is just foolish. Especially when your defense was in major need of...
Last week: 19 (+0)
Last week, I said they were better than they looked against the Giants and they showed it against the Falcons, leading late and only losing by 2. Their decision not to go for the clincher and go for it on 4th down was head scratching, considering all the resources they put into their running game, and their defense’s inability to stop the Falcons...
Carolina Panthers’ receiver Brandon LaFell is still smarting from the heartbreaking loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The upstart target for Cam Newton didn’t feel like punting was the right choice in the waning moments of thier Sunday game. In the NFL it’s a game of inches, and pound of courage, they had the inches, just not the courage. Protecting a one point lead, the Panthers...
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera’s decision to punt at the end of his team’s loss against the Falcons rather than go for it on 4th and less than a yard has been a topic of discussion among Carolina fans this week. The Panthers were past midfield, and Rivera decided to pin Matt Ryan and company deep rather than trying to ice the game by converting a first down.It sounds like wide...
The Carolina Panthers offense will be tested when they square off with the Seattle Seahawks and the NFL’s second-ranked defense at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday. Just how good has the Seahawks defense been this season? Through four games, the Seahawks have only given up an average of 14.5 points per contest. Even more impressive, Pete Carroll’s team, which has yet...
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Many are screaming borefest with this matchup, but Cam Newton against the Seattle defensive line will be a treat.
Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin can tee off on opposing tackles similar to how the Rams dismantled the Cardinals Thursday night, Newton is not exactly a dead duck in the pocket.
K.J. Wright has been an exceptional...
Cam Newton is apologizing for a mistake that likely cost the Carolina Panthers a victory last weekend, but there is no quarterback controversy for coach Ron Rivera's team.
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll could be faced with one soon if rookie Russell Wilson can't limit his errors.
Newton and the Panthers will try to avoid a third consecutive loss when the Seahawks go...
Seattle Seahawks (2-2) at Carolina Panthers (1-3)
I love exploiting home/road discrepancies, so Seattle is one of my favorite teams to bet on. I’m 4-0 picking their games this year simply following the concept of betting on them at home and against them on the road, all 4 of which were significant plays. They are 29-14 ATS at home since 2007 and 14-29 ATS on the road. This year...