Dud No. 1
Keith Taylor Jr. – Carolina Panthers CB
Keith Taylor Jr. was ultra-consistent. Consistently picked on and smoked.
Once C.J. Henderson went down with an ankle injury, Taylor Jr. racked up eight tackles. But that’s partially due to how many balls were caught directly on his dime.
It would’ve benefitted him and the Carolina Panthers if he’d been able to intervene on at least a few of those plays prior to the pass being completed. Taylor Jr. allowed multiple third-down conversions that caused constant frustration and allowed Mitchell Trubisky to move the chains at will.
Taylor Jr. recognized this wasn’t his shining moment, referring to his performance as probably his worst football game ever.
Stud No. 2
Jeremy Chinn – Carolina Panthers S
The first drive for the Pittsburgh Steelers wasn’t a good one for any member of the Panthers’ defense. But that removed, Jeremy Chinn played very well in this game, finishing with 14 tackles, 11 of which were solo. He also added one pass defended.
Chinn thrives when he is keeping the plays in front of him, rather than coping with more rangy, deep passing attacks. Pittsburgh very rarely pushed the ball deep downfield, so naturally, the Southern Illinois product was in his element against the conservative Trubisky game plan.