4 instant takeaways from Panthers’ win vs. Cardinals

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The offensive line was sensational

To say that the Carolina Panthers’ offensive line has been a nice surprise this season so far would be something of an understatement. There were more than a few concerns regarding this patchwork group before competitive action got back underway, but they have answered their critics emphatically so far.

The Panthers were without veteran Pro Bowler Russell Okung once again, but the outstanding performance of Greg Little ensured he wasn’t missed too much. This was the second-year pro’s best game in a Carolina uniform by some margin, with the tackle providing an assurance that simply wasn’t there when he came up against Joey Bosa last weekend.

This was matched by a standout showing at the other end by right tackle Taylor Moton. The former second-round pick can now officially be considered among the best edge protectors in the NFL after a sensational start to the season, which all-but guarantees a big-money extension in the not-too-distant future.

Carolina’s interior protection has come on leaps and bounds since the introduction of Chris Reed into the lineup. John Miller showed a marked improvement and center Matt Paradis continues to excel during what is fast becoming a redemption tour following a disappointing 2019 season.

Their pass-protection was on-point throughout the game and this was another key contributing factor to their overall success.