- It should be no surprise that it was another strong performance by Cam Newton for the Carolina Panthers and once again the entire offensive line played the entire game. The team’s starting five has only missed one snap over the past two games and only allowed one sack on the team’s quarterback. This is a vast improvement over a season ago when it was a guessing game of who the starting five might be.
- The team brought up wide receiver Brenton Bersin on Saturday from the practice squad and he saw a great deal of playing time, almost half the game. The second year player out of Wofford knows this offense so the transition was seamless for him and he finished the game with one catch.
- It was interesting to see at the end of the game when the Panthers offense was trying to kill some clock, that rookie running back Cameron Artis-Payne came in and not veteran Mike Tolbert or Fozzy Whittaker. This is a high pressure situation for a player who is receiving his first carries in an NFL regular season game.
- The Panthers only had one player play ever defensive snap which was safety Kurt Coleman. However as a group, this secondary played the most time together with four players playing over 96%. It was interesting to see though that Tre Boston saw some work in place of Roman Harper in this game. This is a trend worth watching as we get later into the season and if the coaching staff gives Boston more playing time in hopes of keeping Harper fresh.
- The defense saw Thomas Davis and Charles Johnson miss some snaps due to injury against the Saints but did get defensive tackle Star Lotulelei back, who played 46 snaps in his first game back from a foot injury. This was actually more than I expected him to play and thought the coaching staff may try and ease him in more.
- The return of Lotulelei saw a cut in not only Colin Cole’s snaps, because he was inactive, but also Kyle Love who was the replacement for Lotulelei the first two weeks. Love finished the game with only 27 snaps against the Saints.
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