The offensive line
One of the primary factors behind the Carolina Panthers enjoying a fine start to the season has been their offensive line. They did have their moments at the Falcons thanks in no small part to the incredible talent of defensive tackle Grady Jarrett. But it was another pleasing aspect to a polished overall display from the ever-improving group.
Getting veteran Pro Bowler Russell Okung back from injury was a big boost. Greg Little did perform well in his absence against the Cardinals. But there is simply no accounting for what the Super Bowl winner brings from a leadership and protection perspective.
Taylor Moton‘s quality has been there for all to see this season. There is no doubt that he can now be considered an elite tackle compared to others across the league and this was yet another feather in his cap in pursuit of a bumper new deal in the coming months.
Carolina’s interior did find it difficult to counteract the threat posed by Jarrett in the first half. His influence diminished somewhat after adjustments were made. But Chris Reed, John Miller, and Matt Paradis can take great confidence from this one after coming up against one of the NFL’s best interior defensive linemen.
There were few who had any sort of confidence in solid protection for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in 2020. This has been one of the biggest surprises not only at the Falcons, but across all their games so far, and long may it continue.