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The Panthers struggled to start the game but found their rhythm in the second quarter and came away with a 30-20 win against the Titans.

 

CMC For MVP?

 

What else can you say about Christian McCaffery? He is a one-man wrecking crew and could be the most dangerous person in the NFL with the ball in his hands. He finished with 166 total yards and 3 touchdowns. He has 881 rushing yards and 363 receiving yards through 8 games. Every week, teams gameplan for McCaffery and almost every week, he continues to impress. It’s dominant performances like this one, that put McCaffery in the MVP conversation.

 

Moore And Samuel Show Out

 

 

DJ Moore made what could be the catch of the year towards the end of the 3rd quarter, I’m sure you’ll catch it on SportsCenter. He’s shown us what he can do in multiple games but it just doesn’t equate to touchdowns. He has 564 receiving yards and one touchdown on the season. Curtis Samuel has been making strides since last season and has made some impressive catches this season. Kyle Allen threw a dart to Samuel in the first half and while the drive stalled, it allowed the Panthers to get on the board first. Then, Samuel boxed out his defender for a touchdown right before halftime. These receivers did a great job at creating separation and Allen made a few throws when he needed to. Finishing with 232 yards two touchdowns and one interception, Allen was efficient and did a good job of not forcing anything.

Defense Was Much Improved

 

 

The Panthers defense was much better than they were last week, that’s not saying much but their biggest weakness continues to be defending the run. The Titans rushed for 121 rushing yards as a team, on 21 attempts. The Panthers are clearly missing Kawaan Short and need to figure out a way to improve that aspect of their defense going forward. While the Panthers defense gave up a lot on the stat sheet, they continued to bend but not break throughout the day and two players really stood out. Shaq Thompson, finishing with 11 tackles and 1 sack, and Eric Reid, finishing with 11 tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble, both played their best game of the season. When this defense can put it all together, it’s one of the best in the league.

Overall, this was a great team win and other players stepped up to help CMC carry the load, he can’t do it all by himself. Next week is when the Panthers schedule gets tough as they go to Lambeau Field to take on the Packers. The Panthers still have 4 divisional games left on their schedule  (two against the Saints and two against the Falcons) and a meeting with the Seahawks.

 

Side Notes

  • Tennessee shot themselves in the foot time and time again. Accruing 11 penalties for 99 yards. Multiple calls for offsides prolonged several of the  Panthers drives. Give Kyle Allen some credit for getting the Titans to jump with the hard count but a few were inexcusable.
  • Derrick Henry was great for the Titans finishing with 99 total yards and 2 touchdowns.
  • The Titans were the only team that they had not beaten in Bank Of America Stadium, they were 0-2 before today.
  • CMC joins Steve Smith as the second player in team history with multiple career games with 150 yards from scrimmage and 3 touchdowns.

 

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