Second consecutive disappointing road performance. As much as Carolina abused Brent Grimes, we really shot ourselves in the foot. The game could have gone entirely different with a few things here or there but that wasn’t the case unfortunately.
Here’s what I saw:
Running game: Turner (18/56), Norwood (3/51), and Ryan (2/11). Effective Runs (4 yards or more or scores TD)-Turner, 6; Norwood, 3 and Ryan, 1. We didn’t get Turner going early and didn’t use Norwood near enough as he was much more effective.
Breakdown of passes:
Ryan: 21/41, 158 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT. Breakdown of incompletions: 8 Bad passes, 6 Dropped passes, 1 Busted Play and 5 Defended passes. Ryan got very little help from his receivers today. A couple of the drops were tough but should have been made and would have extended two drives for certain.
Drops (6): Finneran, 1; Douglas, 2; Turner, 1; White, 2.
YTD Drops (10):
White – 3
Douglas – 2
Jenkins – 2
Finneran – 1
Turner – 1
Peele – 1
Run blocking: Carolina consistently stopped Turner but did have trouble with Norwood. The no-huddle seemed to be effective but standard formations were not.
Pass blocking: The middle of the line held up well but Weiner and Clabo gave up far too many pressures.
Sack responsibility (2): The first was on Ryan for holding on to it too long and missing Norwood wide open in the flat. The second was on Weiner being beaten by Peppers.
YTD Sacks (7):
Justin Blalock – 2.0
Todd Weiner – 1.5
Tyson Clabo – 1.0
Busted Play – 1.0
Matt Ryan – 1.0
Jason Snelling – 0.5
Note: QB responsible sacks are those that he has at least 3 seconds and either chose to try to scramble or stayed in the pocket when the better decision would be to throw it away. Also includes those rushing attempts that go for 0 or negative yardage that for some reason are counted as a sack.
Run defense: For the second consecutive week, the run defense was great in the first half and seemed to give up ground in the second half.
Pass Defense: Grimes was abused all day long. While he did come back in the third quarter with a few good plays, they worked him again afterwards.
Sacks: None. There was very little pressure.
Norwood had 2 kickoff returns and 3 touchbacks: 1. from the 0, 17 yards; 2. from the 3, 20 yards. Subpar return day and an excellent job on the part of Rhys Lloyd for the Panthers.
Jennings had 2 punt return opportunities (1 punt downed and 2 touchbacks): 1. from the 23, 9 yards; 2. from the 19, 16 yards. 1 average and 1 good return.
Koenen had 6 punts: 1-46 yards to the end zone, touchback (could have been downed). 2-60 yards to the end zone, touchback. 3-53 yards to the C 20, 5 yard return. 4-29 yards to the C 14, fair catch. 5-32 yards to the C 44, downed. 6-34 yards to the C 20, 19 yard return nullified by holding penalty. First 4 punts were very good, the last 2 were not so good.
Koenen had 4 kickoffs: 1-to the 4, 18 yard return. 2-to the goal line, 23 yard return. 3-to the end zone, touchback. 4-to the goal line, 21 yard return. Very long kicks.
Field Goals: Elam was 3/3 from 33, 44 and 44.
Special Teams coverage: Very good outside of Jennings not downing the first punt.
Things that really need improvement:
1. Figure out a way to run on the road.
2. Eliminate 3rd and long conversions by opposition.
3. Grimes looks more like a nickel back at times and the league may be catching on.
Offensive MVP: Roddy White 7 catches, 90 yards.
Defensive MVP: Curtis Lofton (8 tackles)
Special Teams MVP: Jason Elam (accounted for all points scored)
Goat of the Week: Brent Grimes
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Next up: AT Green Bay October 5th!