The Carolina Panthers received a good game from a familiar trio.
Even in defeat, there were some good things to take away from the Carolina Panthers loss. One of them was the fact that Carolina tallied over 400 yards of offense. For comparisons sake, Green Bay recorded 388 yards of offense.
Perhaps even more impressively, the Carolina Panthers offense was led by a three-pronged attack. Quarterback Kyle Allen threw for 307 yards. Running back Christian McCaffrey dashed for 108. DJ Moore was on the receiving end of many of Allen’s throws, recording 120 yards. The balance within the offense was certainly something that was impressive.
For the day, Allen went 28-of-43, throwing for those 307 yards, and a touchdown. An interception certainly dampened his efforts. Truthfully, I would have liked to have seen him get into the red zone a bit more. It wasn’t just him either. The entire Carolina Panthers offense did not get into the red zone enough.
For his part, Christian McCaffrey carried the ball 20 times for 108 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry, but an 18-yard run was his longest on the day. With numbers like that, you would certainly have expected him to record a longer run. Nevertheless, he took what the defense gave him.
Moore averaged 13.3 yards per catch. A 38-yard grab was his longest of the afternoon. He caught nine passes on 11 targets, so it is definitely safe to say that his efficiency was there.
Nevertheless, that trio by themselves just could not get it done on Sunday. There were certain points in the game today that Allen looked like the second-year quarterback he is. Let’s be honest here. The offensive line did not do the offense any favors either. They really struggled in some spots today, and I was certainly hoping to see a better effort out of them. There is no doubt that they were trying, but it just wasn’t enough. Hopefully, their play improves, especially as the opponents get tougher from here on out.
Nevertheless, they certainly gave Green Bay a lot to think about. Especially playing on the road, the Panthers put forth a valiant effort. However, this was a game that they should have and could have won. The schedule only gets harder for the Panthers from here on out and they really put themselves in a tough spot by losing this game. Hopefully, the Panthers can get their act together before it’s too late.