Sep 112012
 

Last week: 21 (-2)

Record: 0-1

Jonathan Stewart has more rushing yards than DeAngelo Williams this year and he didn’t even play this weekend. The Buccaneers had the league’s 31st ranked run defense last year and the Panthers had the league’s 1st ranked run offense, so naturally the Panthers would rush for 10 yards on 13 carries against the Buccaneers week 1. I expect that to be a fluke and the Buccaneers were one of my underrated teams coming into the season, so there’s no shame in losing to them, but more concerning is Cam Newton’s performance. He completed 23 of 33 for 303 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions and looks more likely to have a sophomore slump than take the next step. If that’s true, the league’s 27th ranked scoring defense in 2011 will have to pick up the slack if they want to avoid another sub .500 season and I just don’t think they have the talent.

Studs

LT Jordan Gross: Allowed 1 quarterback pressure on 38 pass rush snaps, run blocked for 5 yards on 1 attempt

RT Byron Bell: Allowed 1 quarterback pressure on 38 pass rush snaps, run blocked for 11 yards on 2 attempt

WR Steve Smith: Caught 7 passes for 106 yards on 11 attempts, 1 interception when thrown to, 6.9 YAC per catch on 36 pass plays

RE Greg Hardy: 3 quarterback pressures on 25 pass rush snaps, 5 solo tackles, 2 assists and 3 stops on 29 run snaps

CB Captain Munnerlyn: Allowed 1 completion for 2 yards on 3 attempts, 2 pass deflections, 1 solo tackle, 1 missed tackle and 1 stop on 19 run snaps

ROLB James Anderson: 6 solo tackles and 5 stops on 33 run snaps, allowed 3 completions for 12 yards on 3 attempts

Duds

LG Amini Silatolu: Allowed 1 sack, 1 quarterback hit, and 2 quarterback pressures on 38 pass rush snaps, run blocked for 0 yards on 1 attempt, 2 penalties

RG Geoff Hangartner: Allowed 1 quarterback hit and 3 quarterback pressures on 38 pass rush snaps, run blocked for 0 yards on 1 attempt, 1 penalty

RB DeAngelo Williams: Rushed for -1 yards (12 yards after contact) on 6 carries, broke 1 tackle, 1 reception for 5 yards on 1 target

FS Charles Godfrey: Allowed 2 completions for 35 yards on 2 attempts, 5 solo tackles, 1 assist, 2 stops and 3 missed tackles on 36 run snaps

CB Josh Norman: 3 solo tackles on 23 run snaps, allowed 3 completions for 28 yards on 3 attempts, 1 penalty

LOLB Luke Kuechly: 5 solo tackles, 1 stop, 1 missed tackle on 28 run snaps, allowed 3 completions for 31 yards on 3 attempts

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