Carolina Panthers: Week 3 NFL Power Rankings (#22)

Last week: 23 (+1)

Record: 1-1

The league’s #2 ranked team in terms of yards per play differential: the Carolina Panthers. You can’t tell a ton from that after just 2 games and I still think they’re weak defensively where it matters, on the defensive line and in the secondary, but they have a very good chance to pull the upset at home on Thursday Night this week against the Giants, who, by the way, have a negative points per play differential. Home teams have a clear advantage on Thursday Nights, as home teams have won 74 of the last 118 Thursday Night games and have covered at a record of 66-46-4 ATS.

Studs

QB Cam Newton: 14 of 20 for 253 yards and a touchdown, 2 throw away, 1 drop, 112.0 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 9 of 23 drop backs (2 scrambles, 1 sack, 3 of 6, 2 throw aways), rushed for 75 yards (47 after contact) and a touchdown on 13 yards, 1 broken tackle, 1 fumble

WR Steve Smith: 3 catches for 104 yards on 4 targets on 23 pass block snaps, 18.3 YAC per catch

CB Chris Gamble: Allowed 1 catch for 4 yards on 3 attempts, 1 pass deflection, 4 solo tackles, 2 assist, 2 stops

Duds

RG Geoff Hargartner: Allowed 3 quarterback hurries on 24 pass block snaps, run blocked for 8 yards on 1 attempt

MLB Jon Beason: 4 catches for 66 yards on 7 attempts, 1 interception, 1 pass deflection, 6 solo tackles, 3 assist, 1 stop, 4 missed tackles

CB Captain Munnerlyn: Allowed 5 catches for 45 yards on 5 attempts, 3 solo tackles, 1 stop, 2 missed tackles, 1 special teams tackle

DT Sione Fua: Did not record a pressure on 15 pass rush snaps, no tackles

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