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GamePage: Panthers Fall to Steelers, 37-19

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  • The Panthers:
    • set a franchise low in rushing attempts (10). Their previous low was 11 carries against the Steelers during a 37-3 loss on 12/17/06.
    • ran for their fewest yards (42) since they had a franchise-low 10 yards during a 16-10 loss to the Bucs on 9/9/12.
    • allowed the third-most rushing yards in franchise history (264). The only games where they gave up more: 1. 337 in a 48-14 loss to the Rams on 11/21/01; 2. 301 in a 34-28 overtime loss to the Giants on 12/21/08.

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  • QB Cam Newton:
    • set a career low with two rushes. He’s had just six carries in two games after averaging 7.58 carries per game during his first three seasons.
    • is 3-14 when attempting at least 35 passes (2-3 under offensive coordinator Mike Shula, 1-11 under former offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski).
    • had his fifth-highest passer rating in a game the Panthers lost (98.5).
  • QB Ben Roethlisberger is 3-0 in his career against the Panthers, with 641 passing yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

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Pass Protection: WORRIED

Tackles Byron Bell and Nate Chandler, and guards Amini Silatolu, Trai Turner and Fernando Velascostarted the season strong. According to Pro Football Focus, Carolina’s line had the NFL’s 8th-best pass blocking efficiency through the first two weeks. They gave up a combined four sacks against the Bucs and Lions, but then came Sunday night.The Panthers’ front line surrendered three sacks, three QB hurries, and at least six QB hits to the Steelers. With Cam Newton continuing to lack explosiveness and big-play running ability, a line struggling to keep an already dinged-up quarterback upright is cause for concern.


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Cam Newton, when asked if Greg Hardy’s situation was a distraction

“No, we don’t want anyone to feel pity for us being that we went through something that any other team didn’t. There are multiple teams that are going through some type of media trauma so to speak. But we have to be professionals at the end of the day.”


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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger spent Sunday night relishing in the return of Steelers football.”We were physical on offense, defense, special teams,” Roethlisberger said.And dominating, too, in a 37-19 victory over Carolina on Sunday night.


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