Carolina Panthers: Quick notes on a victory over the Cincinnati Bengals

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Donte Jackson
(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Donte Jackson /

With the Carolina Panthers prepping for a week four bye, let’s quickly recap the 31-21 victory over the previously undefeated Cincinnati Bengals.

-DONNNTEEE JACKSOOON!!! They say that speed kills. Well, there was plenty of speed during a matchup between Carolina Panthers rookie cornerback Donte Jackson and second-year Cincinati Bengals receiver John Ross. Jackson won the statistical matchup up as Ross was held to 16 yards on three receptions. Also, Jackson recorded two interceptions while in coverage against Ross.

While one of those interceptions had absolutely nothing to do with Ross and everything to do with an error on Andy Dalton‘s part, Jackson still tracked the ball well and came down with his third career interception.

-The idea of offense and defense gelling together manifested in Carolina against Cincinnati. Off of Jackson’s first interception, the Panthers scored a touchdown. Due to Efe Obada‘s hustle at the line to grab an interception, the Panthers scored yet another touchdown. With Jackson’s second interception against Dalton, the Panthers were set up for a field goal. Nice complementary football leads to wins.

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-The Panthers offensive line quietly held up very well against one of the better defensive fronts in the league. Newton had enough time to throw for two touchdowns and rush for another two. Running back Christian McCaffrey also had a career rushing high of 184 yards. The Carolina line seems to be quelling fears – for now.

-While McCaffrey still hasn’t found the end zone, he’s been doing plenty in between. A career day for him, the sophomore running back gobbled up a total of 184 yards in 28 attempts and added two receptions. ‘River Boat’ Ron Rivera wasn’t kidding when he said that McCaffrey was going to get 25-30 touches a game this season. The biggest stat here is that McCaffrey ran for most of these yards. He’s truly becoming a workhorse for the Panthers while C.J. Anderson is providing a nice change of pace.

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-I was wrong… but I was right. Earlier I opined for the Panthers to sign now-Raiders running back, Doug Martin. While I was correct that the Panthers’ offense required a type of ‘smash-mouth’ running back, Anderson is clearly the better option. There’s a reason I’m not in the front office.