They did the impossible…
The Panthers won a game before they played the Kansas City Chiefs!!!!
I had hope, but with the last three games my hope started to dwindle to a small glimmer that was losing strength with every passing day. They put the pieces of the puzzle together and pulled out a very long overdue win. But, going along with the same pun, I felt like there were pieces left out of the puzzle. Not on purpose, of course, and I’m not criticizing the play of the Panthers at all, they played just a tad over my expectations for the potential I thought they had at the beginning of the season.
As always, here are the five things I thought the Panthers did well against the Washington Redskins:
- Defensive Line – Holy Schnikes. I wasn’t able to write an article for the Chicago game, facial surgery’s a little more pressing, but if I did I’d write a book about the Defensive Line. They played amazing against Bears, and they played amazing against the Redskins. They recorded four sacks, with Charles “Big Money” Johnson leading with two. Greg Hardy also recorded one and a half sacks, sharing one with Big Dwan Edwards. Bravo boys, bravo.
- The Running Game – Boy oh boy, it was great seeing DeAngelo, Stewart, Cam, and Tolbert, to an extent, firing on all cylinders. The team ended up with one hundred and twenty nine yards on the day, and two touchdowns. I know I wrote about spending more time throwing the ball, like the rest of the league, and I still stand by that statement, but I did miss DeAngelo in the end zone.
- Josh Norman – Josh Norman is going to be the Panthers replacement for Chris Gamble. He has been playing phenomenally well, and has really made the most of all of the opportunities that he has been given as a rookie. Everything he does is a testament to his character, and I see him gain confidence in every game, making more and more risky plays on the ball in the air. I think Brandon LaFell is getting a little worried about his place as my favorite Panther. But Norman wasn’t the only player to make the most of his situation, the other player being…
- Armanti Edwards – Of course the big story coming out of the game was Armanti’s eighty two yard catch. It was a huge play that basically sealed the game for the Panthers, and hopefully we can see more from the former App St. QB. It should have been a touchdown though, I felt like Armanti could have cut to the right, pulled a stiff arm, or pulled a juke to beat one man. Hats off to Steve Smith for getting that monster block in the open field.
- Cam Newton – Last, but certainly not least, Cam looked like the Rookie of the Year, Heisman winner, and every other title that should go before his name against the Redskins. He excited the crowd (or at least my crowded living room) with his running ability, his plays through the air, and his showmanship. He played so well, even with a cut in his finger, which bleed continuously throughout the first half. I was so proud to be a Panther fan, and I love the new finger point first down thing he has been showing off.
All in all it was a fantastic game for the Panthers. Greg Olsen is really what we need at tight end, a first down machine; even though he dropped two perfectly thrown passes, and Tolbert did what he does best, smash the ball straight up the middle. I did dislike the two identical and consecutive third down run calls, but that lack of play calling will come to the young coaching staff. I really enjoyed the rest of the aggressive pl
ay calling though; it showed what we could do as a team. Luke Kuechly also had another great game, and I really like Ron Rivera allowing Medlock attempt a fifty yard field goal. I wish the ball wouldn’t have been blocked; I would have loved to see his leg strength. All in all it was a great game, I was very pleased.
All information was taken from cbssports.com