Here's my quick thoughts on this game and then my notes on what I saw during the game. Check back for more analysis tomorrow.
First, two players we were anticipating both gave us a good showing. On offense Jimmy Clausen played fairly well, going 8 for 15 and a bogus INT. He read the defense pretty well and made some decent throws under pressure. On defense DE Greg Hardy didn't disappoint either. He collected 5 tackles, 4 for a loss and 2 sacks. Plenty to be excited about for him as well.
Otherwise the good news is sparse at best. Matt Moore looked okay, D-Will is in PB form and Jason Baker is dropping bombs inside the five. CB CJ Wilson recovered a fumble for a TD. The bad...I'll hold off on that for now. Let's hear it Panther fans...more after the jump...Jaxon's game notes:
- MM missed King on out slant
- D-Will!!!23 yards
- MM 2 miss fires, gets sacked
- Defense bends on first drive, gave up passes for 1st downs but no pass rush; Brayton gets sack on 3rd down against Oher; FG 3-0
- Brayton 2 sacks!! Ankle gets rolled!!! Oh no!
- Gross 3 penalties; killed the drive; To the bench please?!
- Jarrett gets nice 3rd down catch on 3rd and 15 (though called back by Gross)
- Munnerlyn got owned for TD catch 0-10
- Clausen has nice opening drive; gets FG 3-10
- Norwood gets sack and strip! Just get him on the field!
- Sutton looked great..right up until that goal line fumble. Can't have it T-Sut...But still, Sutton is player. Love his burst once he clears the line
- Wilson nice play on ball though slightly weak throw by Bulger
- Nice tip by Conner in coverage
- Gruden in half-time piece from his Clausen QB school session: "...until your brain flies out of your head!". I loved that session for some reason. He said a lot of stuff Clausen needed to hear (though he may have already known it)
- Robinson struggling at RG (per Gantt via Twitter) Makes sense since the Panthers seem to be giving up penetration up the middle
- Hudson nice KO tackle
- I like the way Clausen handled himself; he read the defense pretty well, always the hard part for rookie QBs
- Hardy got a sack; wait make that two
- Edwards looking shaky at PR
- Nice punt coverage by Witherspoon and McClain; but then ST blows the next one
- Cantwell looks shaky on scramble on 3rd down, throws pass behind receiver
- Edwards drops pass after getting hit by Kerry Williams
- Baker drops his second inside the 5 yd line
- Just missed a safety; Neblett
- Norwood nice coverage
- Edwards two straight drops...he's certainly not going to be happy with his performance; don't fret yet Panther fans
- Ivy gets a nice TFL - 4 minutes to go in game 12-17
- Ivy again gets a TFL; Eric Moore playing well too
- Cantwell gets sacked a couple times; didn't seem to have very good pocket presence
Panthers Player of the Game versus Ravens was
QB Jimmy Clausen (106 votes)
De Greg Hardy (379 votes)
WR Kenny Moore (13 votes)
CB CJ Wilson (7 votes)
DE Tyler Brayton (93 votes)
598 total votes