The Carolina Panthers for the second straight week showed a resiliency that had been lacking earlier in the season. Unlike last week against Chicago, the Panthers ended up with a tie against the Bengals.
This week’s game against the Bengals was a back and forth afar with the scored tied six different times. It seemed every time the Panthers started to break away from the opposition, the Bengals came roaring back. The great thing about today’s game though was the Panthers always had an answer to get back into the game.
Cam Newton was the star of the game and put this team on his back. The Panthers finished the day with 431 yards of offense and Newton accounted for 391 of them, rushing for 107 yards and throwing for 284 yards. This game looked like Newton is back to 100% after recovering from ankle surgery this offseason.
The biggest difference in today’s game was the Panthers inability to stop the big play. In the first half, Bengals’ running back Gio Bernard broke an 87-yard run for a touchdown that gave them a 14-7 lead in the second quarter. In the second half, Adam Jones had a huge kickoff return that set up a three yard run by Jeremy Hill to tie the game up at 31.
However, the Panthers got a little luck of their own when Mike Nugent, who was perfect on the day, missed the final field goal at the end of overtime to end the game in a tie. While they didn’t get the win, the team did a lot of good things that they can build on heading into Week 7 showdown with the Green Bay Packers.