Carolina Panthers Analyzed

I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but I did an in-depth analysis of the Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers game from last week for This Given Sunday:

“On the drive, Newton made every play he was asked to. He showed that he’s not just a running quarterback. He made all the throws, and he made them with precision.

On the ensuing kick-off, the Packers promptly fumbled the ball away, giving it back to the Panthers in terrific field position. This is where the first cracks in the Panthers’ foundation began to appear. They weren’t able to push their advantage to 14 points. Instead, they settled for a 20 yard field goal. Normally, I wouldn’t criticize a call to kick a field goal making the score 10-0, but this is the Panthers against the Packers. One of these teams will play meaningful football in December, and it isn’t the Panthers. There’s no reason to not go for the touchdown. More on this later.

The Packers’ first real possession was an uneventful 5 play drive that handed the ball quickly back to Cam Newton and the Panthers. At this point in the game, I was thinking, “Okay, so when do we get to see the real Packers?” As it turned out, they were just about to make their appearance.”

Shane Clemons

About Shane Clemons

Shane Clemons came from humble beginnings creating his own Jaguars blog before moving on to SBNation as a featured writer for the Jaguars. He then moved to Bloguin where he briefly covered the AFC South before taking over Bloguin's Jaguars blog. Since the inception of This Given Sunday, Shane has served as an editor for the site, doing his best not to mess up a good thing.