The Panthers outlasted the Falcons (Four-Four) by a rating of 20-17 on Sunday in Carolina. Here’s what we realized:
1. Apparently buying and selling extensive receiver Kelvin Benjamin actually can save the Panthers working sport. The Panthers rushed for 201 yards — with Cam Newton selecting up 86 of these with a landing — in one other victory for the 6-Three Panthers the place they did not have to throw the ball effectively to win. So lots of the largest performs of the sport got here from Newton’s rugged working capability and the read-option performs that come off it, together with a walk-in Christian McCaffrey landing. McCaffrey’s finest day on the bottom (66 yards) bodes effectively for an offensive line which gained the battle on Sunday.
2. Big video games usually come right down to the performs a crew would not make. Matt Ryan had Julio Jones extensive open for a protracted landing on the sport’s first drive. Ryan overshot him. Jones received deep on an important fourth down within the fourth quarter and dropped a equally wide-open would-be landing. Blame offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian all you need, however these are performs that Ryan and Jones would have made a season in the past.
Three. The sport turned on Atlanta’s incapability to choose up quick yardage conditions. Leading 10-Zero within the first half, the Falcons turned the ball over on downs as a result of the Panthers stored successful up entrance. Later within the sport, the Falcons had been compelled to throw in related conditions to poor impact. This was one more sport the place the Falcons regarded good for lengthy stretches but it surely did not mirror on the scoreboard. (And one more sport the place one among Ryan’s receivers, this time Austin Hooper, was at fault for an interception.)