Oct 022012
 

Last week: 19 (+0)

Record: 1-3

Last week, I said they were better than they looked against the Giants and they showed it against the Falcons, leading late and only losing by 2. Their decision not to go for the clincher and go for it on 4th down was head scratching, considering all the resources they put into their running game, and their defense’s inability to stop the Falcons from getting into field goal range late starting from the shadow of their own end zone is troubling. However, this team does rank 5th in the league in yards per play differential and can play spoiler to some teams down the stretch.

Studs

QB Cam Newton: 15 of 24 for 215 yards and 2 touchdowns, 1 hit as thrown, 1 throw away, 2 drops, 104.5 adjusted QB rating, rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown on 9 carries, 1 broken tackle, 1 fumble, pressured on 9 of 31 drop backs (3 sacks, 1 scramble, 1 of 5, 1 hit as thrown, 1 drop, 1 throw away)

TE Greg Olsen: Caught 6 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown on 6 attempts on 31 pass snaps, 3.2 YAC per catch, run blocked for 48 yards on 4 attempts

LT Jordan Gross: Did not allow a pressure on 33 pass block snaps, run blocked for 10 yards on 3 attempts

LE Charles Johnson: 4 sacks, 2 quarterback hits, and 4 quarterback hurries on 42 pass rush snaps, 1 batted pass, 3 solo tackles, 1 missed tackle, 7 stops

LOLB Luke Kuechly: 4 solo tackles, 3 stops, allowed 2 catches for -4 yards on 5 attempts, 1 pass deflection

LE Frank Alexander: 2 sacks, 1 quarterback hit, and 1 quarterback hurry on 20 pass rush snaps, 1 assist, 2 stops

Duds

RT Byron Bell: Allowed 1 sack and 4 quarterback hurries on 33 pass block snaps, run blocked for 26 yards on 5 attempts

WR Brandon LaFell: Did not catch a pass on 2 attempts on 31 pass snaps

FS Haruki Nakamura: Allowed 4 catches for 141 yards and a touchdown on 6 attempts, 1 interception, 1 pass deflection, 4 solo tackles, 1 assist, 2 stops, 1 missed tackle

ROLB James Anderson: 2 solo tackles, 1 assist, 2 stops, allowed 3 catches for 23 yards on 4 attempts

RE Thomas Keiser: Did not record a pressure on 21 pass rush snaps, no tackles

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