REPORT CARD VS. TITANS

So much for Carolina's "two-headed monster." Panthers running back Stephen Davis had his worst outing of the season, held to 20 yards on 11 carries, a 1.8-yard average, while DeShaun Foster was limited to 10 yards on two carries.

PASSING OFFENSE: D -- Jake Delhomme threw for 362 yards with two touchdown passes, but don't let the numbers fool you. Delhomme was largely ineffective when it mattered - in the first half. And, he turned the ball over twice on fumbles, including one on a botched snap. Carolina's offensive line surrendered a season-high four sacks. The Panthers had two big passing plays - a 67-yard touchdown pass to Steve Smith and a 60-yard toss to Muhsin Muhammad. Smith finished with a career-high 10 catches and 151 yards receiving but most of that came in garbage time. For the most part Muhammad continues to be a non-factor in the passing game with two catches for 70 yards. The Panthers sure could use a healthy Kevin Dyson.

RUSHING OFFENSE: F -- So much for Carolina's "two-headed monster." Panthers running back Stephen Davis had his worst outing of the season, held to 20 yards on 11 carries, a 1.8-yard average, while DeShaun Foster was limited to 10 yards on two carries. At halftime, however, the Panthers had just 22 yards rushing on 14 carries and abandoned the running game after falling behind 27-3. Carolina's 44 yards were the fewest ever in the John Fox era.

PASS DEFENSE: D-minus -- Steve McNair didn't have to do too much on Sunday, throwing for 190 yards and one touchdown for the Titans. He also ran twice for 30 yards as the Panthers continue to struggle defending mobile quarterbacks. The Panthers had three sacks after failing to register any the past two games. However, McNair also proved elusive in the backfield, as is his forte. "McNair just got out of the pocket," defensive end Julius Peppers said. "I think we had defensive pass rushing and were getting to him, but I think he was just stepping up and getting out of there."

RUSH DEFENSE: F -- Carolina's run defense simply isn't stopping the run the way it did last season. Robert Holcombe and Eddie George combined to rush for 104 of Tennessee's 134 yards. That's terrible considering the Titans came into the game ranked 29th in the NFL in rushing yards per game. The Titans averaged 3.7 yards per carry and scored one rushing touchdown. It was only the third rushing touchdown allowed by the Panthers this season.

SPECIAL TEAMS: F -- The Panthers botched the opening kickoff when Brad Hoover lost the ball in the sun and the Titans recovered. They quickly scored to make it 7-0. On the next series, the Titans faked a punt on fourth down and backup quarterback Billy Volek hit Eddie Berlin on a 50-yard touchdown completion. Tennessee had a lot of luck against the Panthers with short, lofting kicks. John Kasay made a 53-yard field goal, keeping him a perfect 14-for-14 for the season.

COACHING: F -- Panthers coach John Fox made a questionable call when he elected to accept a holding call on the Titans late in the second quarter instead of forcing Tennessee to kick a field goal. McNair moved back 10 yards and then tossed a 22-yard touchdown pass to Drew Bennett. Even if that play falls incomplete, the Titans still have a shot at a 39-yard field goal. What difference does 10 yards get you in that situation given that you have to give up a free play? Carolina's special teams also failed to recognize the Titans had sent in backup quarterback Todd Volek instead of the punter on a fourth down play. The result was a short pass that turned into a 50-yard touchdown play. Outside of that, the Panthers turned the ball over four times, including on the opening kickoff, which seemed to set the tone for the game. Carolina quickly spotted the Titans a 14-point lead and that took them out of their game. Jake Delhomme fumbled twice and running back DeShaun Foster also fumbled after a pass reception and needs to do a better job of protecting the football.


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