4 takeaways from the Panthers’ win at the Falcons in Week 5

(Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports) Teddy Bridgewater
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Teddy Bridgewater was sensational in the first half

Teddy Bridgewater has firmly settled down to life with the Carolina Panthers. He was assured in the pocket once again and his fantastic first-half display saw his team go into the break with a comfortable cushion.

This has been the trademark of everything good coming out of the Panthers over the last few weeks. They have given their defense a lead to hold onto and it seems to have been the making of a talented young group.

Bridgewater was almost flawless in the first half. Things didn’t get off to the best of starts on the game’s opening drive. But the signal-caller grew in stature as the half wore on with some throws that were truly exceptional.

His 261 passing yards in the first half were the most by any NFL quarterback this season. Bridgewater also threw for two touchdowns, no interceptions, had a 74 percent completion percentage, and a passer rating of 128.8.

He was able to keep this up to a certain extent in the second period, although things tailed off dramatically from a stats perspective. Bridgewater managed the game well overall and eventually ended the contest with 325 passing yards, two touchdowns, and no picks. But, more importantly, the Panthers came away with the victory.