5 crucial takeaways from Panthers dominant Week 2 win vs. the Saints

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Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey dominated the matchup with Alvin Kamara

A lot was made in the pregame about the battle between two of the best running backs in the NFL. The dual between Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara generated plenty of headlines in the build-up, which ended up being a one-sided affair much like the contest overall.

The end result was pure dominance from McCaffrey who considerably outshone the former Tennessee standout as Kamara became a non-factor in the face of the Carolina Panthers’ stout defense.

McCaffrey finished the game with 24 carries for 72 yards and one rushing touchdown in addition to five receptions for 65 yards, ending the game with 137 scrimmage yards from 29 combined touches.

In stark contrast, Kamara was stifled by a dominant Panthers defense ending the game with eight carries for just five yards, to go along with four receptions for 25 yards.

Now, McCaffrey did come up against a significantly weaker Saints defense, missing the likes of Pro Bowl cornerback Marshon Lattimore and linebacker Kwon Alexander.

However, it was still an impressive showing again from the All-Pro.

Kamara – who like McCaffrey is an elusive back and great in the passing game – may have been hampered by the struggles of Jameis Winston.

Winston ended the game 11/22 for 111 yards, no scores, and two interceptions. He was also sacked four times as for the second week the Panthers’ defensive line caused constant problems for the opposition.