Cat Tracks vs. Atlanta

Despite the fact the Panthers lost their 10th straight game, there are some things they can feel good about in this game...just not much offensively.

QUARTERBACK

Not one of Weinke's better days. He missed a lot of open receivers and just plain misfired on other occasions. He finished the day just 17-31 for 171. CAT TRACKS: 1 PAW (OUT OF 4)

RUNNING BACKS

Richard Huntley led the way with 55 yards on 19 carries, but failled to gain yards on two of his biggest carries (inside the one). The play-calling may have had something to do with that, as he went wide both times. So, the offensive line will have to share in the burden here. CAT TRACKS: 1 PAW

RECEIVERS

Outside of Isaac Byrd's 5 catches, nothing much to get excited about here. For the second time this year in a Falcons' game, tight end Wesley Walls was barely a factor. He did have one catch this time, and was on the field for most short yardage situations, which is an improvement. CAT TRACKS: 1 1/2 PAWS

OFFENSIVE LINE

They wanted to run the ball more, and had great chances to blow the Falcons off of the line in short yardage situations. In most their failled. Even though Weinke got a bad spot in the 4th quarter, if the line had done a better job, it wouldn't have been an issue. They also gave up four sacks one week after pitching a shutout. CAT TRACKS: 1/2 PAW

DEFENSIVE LINE

Take away the Falcons 99 yard touchdown drive, which included a 53 yard run for former Panther Bob Christian from the shadow of his own goalline, and the line had a pretty good day. They put four sacks on the board, but took another hit, with Larry Chester likely done for the year. CAT TRACKS: 2 1/2 PAWS

LINEBACKERS

A solid day for the linebacking corps, nothing really earth-shattering here. The Falcons did rush for 145 yards though. CAT TRACKS: 2 PAWS

DEFENSIVE BACKS

No picks here, but they did a decent job containing the Falcons receivers. Chris Chandler hit only 14-27 for 132 yards. By and large, a good effort as Jimmy Hitchcock moved into the starting line-up at left cornerback. CAT TRACKS: 3 PAWS

SPECIAL TEAMS

Another huge day for Todd Sauerbrun, especially when compared to Chris Mohr of the Falcons. It's not the special teams fault the coaching staff dropped the ball on the final Falcons punt of the day. CAT TRACKS: 3 PAWS

COACHING

It's like Groundhog Day...more questionable coaching decisions like not putting someone back on the final Falcons' punt, and calling a time out with the clock already stopped. The defensive staff saves the score here thanks to a nice job in game prep that kept the Falcons off-balance all day. CAT TRACKS: 1 PAW


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