5 emerging positives from the Panthers win vs. Falcons in Week 10
By Luke Gray
Carolina Panthers’ offensive line was dominant in the run game
It has been a long time coming. But finally, it seems that the Carolina Panthers have five competent starters on the offensive line.
Gone are the days of John Miller, Trent Scott, and Dennis Daley. The newly improved unit has changed Carolina’s outlook in this key area of the field in no uncertain terms.
During the first six weeks of the season, we saw a solid offensive line unit. However, since Bradley Bozeman was inserted as the center ahead of the Week 7 clash against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the protection has gone to another level and especially in the run game.
Since Bozeman came in for the injured Pat Elflein, the Panthers have rushed for more than 165 rushing yards and what we witnessed in the run game on Thursday was a dominant display.
The Panthers leaned heavily on running plays in difficult conditions, rushing 47 times for 232 yards and an impressive five yards per carry.
Bozeman and his teammates moved opposing defensive linemen at will, carving out some impressive holes for D’Onta Foreman to utilize. Considering the struggles we’ve seen from the Panthers’ offensive line in recent years, a lot of credit needs to go to coach James Campen and the way he has developed this group into one of the NFL’s most improved units.