GamePage: Panthers Stopped By Saints, 28-10

Bill VothNews, Week 91 Comment


Entire Offense to Blame

Nearly everyone on the Panthers’ offense — including coordinator Mike Shula — had a hand in the prime-time debacle. But as the face of the unit and the franchise, quarterback Cam Newton will shoulder most of the burden.

“Everybody’s looking for a magic play. Everybody’s looking for somebody to say something, for somebody to do something and take responsibility for themselves,” Newton said. “I need to be better. I need to play better. I feel like if I do that, we’re moving in the right direction.”


5 Lingering Concerns

Kelvin Benjamin is near the top of most major categories among rookie receivers, but his ability to make incredible catches is starting to be overshadowed by drops on his easier opportunities.

For the second straight week, Benjamin dropped a touchdown pass. He was bailed out a play later when Newton ran in for a score, but Benjamin’s problem isn’t going away.

He’s currently tied for second in the NFL with five drops, and he’s averaging a drop rate of 7.4 percent.



The Panthers:

  • Have scored 10 or fewer points in consecutive weeks for the first time since the final two weeks of the 2010 season.
  • Have scored just one touchdown in their last 121 minutes and 24 seconds.
  • Picked up more than half of their net passing yards (122) on just two plays: WR Jerricho Cotchery’s 47-yard catch and RB DeAngelo Williams’ 30-yard reception.


“This is a group thing. This is not on one guy. We need to do a better job protecting. We need to do a better job getting open. We need to do a better job catching the ball. Every single aspect of basic football needs to improve. There’s no magic formula. We don’t need magic plays. We need to play better.” — Panthers tight end Greg Olsen







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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers need to get their offense moving before it’s too late to make another playoff run this season.

In a game to determine the NFC South lead, the Panthers sputtered to 231 yards and didn’t build any momentum when their defense was opportunistic early.

The struggles sent them to a 28-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night, their second straight game with 10 or fewer points.





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  • MattG125

    Cousin Bill, did you see Rosinski’s tweet about a source describing “doubt in the building” about Cam? I don’t think holding onto the ball or making bad decisions are the biggest issues. The inaccuracy is what’s troubling.

    Last night’s offensive woes reminded me of a baseball game. You get runners in scoring position and fail to get the big hit to knock them in. You pay for it later in the game.