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The Panthers have the 3rd WORST defense in the NFL



I was reading the paper this morning and when I was looking at the standings, I realized that we have given up more points, 66, than ALL but two teams in the league.  The worst team, Detroit, has given up 72 points while the next team is Tampa Bay, with 67 points.  We have given up 9 TD's tied for worst, with the Lions.  Now we lose yet another DT for the season.  More stats after the jump. 

NFL rankings

168 rush yards/game - tied for 30th

4.9 rush yards/att - 26th

19 first downs allowed - 31st

5 pass TD allowed - tied for 31st  (This stat is a bit worrisome, Meeks came from Indy where they gave up an NFL record 6 pass TD ALL YEAR last year)

67.9 opponent comp % - 29th

9 TD's allowed - 31st

 

Here are some good stats:

319 yards/game - 15th

5.0 yards/play - 12th

151 pass yards/game - 3rd  (This is deceiving b/c when a team can run at 4.9 yds/clip, why pass?)

 

That's about all of the "good" stats I could find.  Now I know the total points and points/game is augmented by all the turnovers against the Eagles.  However, a defense should still keep opponents out of the endzone more.  This is even more evident when looking at only 1 FG given up. 

 

In the off-season, I was a Pep supporter, and I still am.  However, I am very disappointed in the front office for franchising him.  We could have gotten several quality or even Pro Bowl level type players with the 18 mill wrapped up in Pep.  There were guys available like DE Greg Ellis, DE Jason Taylor, DE Richard Seymour, DE Antonio Smith, DE/DT Chris Canty, DT Rocky Bernhard, DT Tank Johnson, DT Shaun Cody, DT Jovan Haye, etc. 

 

What are your thoughts?

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