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September 29, 2010

Panthers playing from behind

If you were slow getting to the stadium or settling into your sofa last year when the Panthers and Saints played, you missed out.

On the second play of each game, a Carolina tailback took off for a long touchdown run. DeAngelo Williams went 66 yards in the loss at New Orleans; Jonathan Stewart bolted 67 yards in the January win in Charlotte against what colleague Darrin Gantt called the Saints’ JV team (they rested most of their starters for the playoffs.)

Such a start Sunday would put the Panthers in an unfamiliar spot – on top.

Through the first three games, Carolina has led for 10 minutes, 41 seconds of the 180 minutes of game time. The Panthers’ only leads came in Week 1 at New York, when they led the Giants 3-0, 9-7 and 16-14 (at halftime).

But since Lawrence Tynes’ field goal put the Giants up 17-16 with 9:03 left in the third quarter, Carolina has been tied or trailed ever since.

That’s not a blueprint for success for a team built to run.

It’s also a tough way to keep your quarterback upright.

Forced to throw while trailing late in every game, Matt Moore and Jimmy Clausen have taken some big hits. A couple resulted in fumbles, another sent Moore to a New Jersey hospital with a concussion.

It would be interesting to see how this young team would react to playing with a lead in the fourth quarter. The Panthers have a proven 1-2 punch at tailback and a line that has shown it can wear down a defense late in games.

But they have to get a lead first.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on September 29, 2010 at 06:39 PM | Permalink


(they rested most of their starters for the playoffs.)

if i remember correctly, we had so many injuries by that time we were practically playing our JV team also.

Not to say we would have beat Brees though.

Posted by: Gamble20 | Sep 29, 2010 8:14:10 PM

Not to be negative or anything, but if they were to have a lead.

We would likely see them go conservative, instead of staying agressive on both ends of the field.

On defense, playing soft prevent defense.A team scores quickly. On Offense, run, run, pass, and kick.

I just wish we see agressive football for once, not conservative play.

Posted by: adam carter | Sep 29, 2010 9:02:17 PM

Carolina possibly can't compete with a high school team right now. Very similar to 1-15 season. This is more like 0-16 season to me. Every time I watch this team I feel like defense cannot get off the field even if they can get the other team to 3rd and whatever - they hand other team 1st down. Offence on the other hand seems to be so enamoured by their opponent that they turn the ball over just to see other offence on the field. Carolina has not picked in the first round last couple of years - they seem to be in hurry to get the first pick in the draft all to themselves...... I am a carolina panther by heart - I am in pain.

Posted by: Panther95fan | Sep 29, 2010 9:03:16 PM

panthers will pull it off this weekend. People forget if we stop beating ourselves in games we could easily be 3-0. People stop being so negative about the panthers bc if they did actually leave this city you would have nothing. All we need is a new coach. Jimmy Clausen is the truth.

Posted by: James | Sep 29, 2010 10:17:44 PM

if i had 1 wish for the panthers i wish they play with as much heart as they did in '03 thats what got us to the superbowl was heart but if you see them now they dont even seem to want that anymore maybe they think a nfc championship ring is what they wanted thats how they are playing we need to play with heart to get us back on top

Posted by: nicholas | Sep 29, 2010 10:32:07 PM

Maybe if another SC doctor gives this year's offensive line steroids like they had in 03' we might start winning some more games. It's the ugly truth of 03' everyone likes to forget, even the punter was on the juice that year. This current line plays like they are drinking warm milk at halftime.

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