Until DeAngelo Williams, this was like watching soccer. The Panthers couldn't move against Oakland, and Oakland couldn't move if it were on the field by itself. The Raiders, who have been shut out this first half by the Panthers, were shut out last week by Atlanta and scored only 10 points the week before.
The Panthers, meanwhile, had scored only once, on its opening drive, after Oakland fumbled away the opening kickoff.
And then, late in the second quarter, Williams went up the middle, spun to lose safety Rashad Baker, and zigged and zagged until he lost linebacker Thomas Howard, who had been pursuing. The 69-yard touchdown run pushed the Panthers to a 14-0 lead.
A very loud TV guy in the press box described the move Williams put on Baker as "spinning like a top." That's a great phrase; makes you feel as if you're here, in McAfee Coliseum, with us. But I won't steal it.