Panthers 2011 Midseason Review: Offense

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 30: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers carries the ball against the Minnesota Vikings at Bank of America Stadium on October 30, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Part 2 of my three part series covers the midseason performance of the Panthers offensive. This unit had nowhere to go than up after last season's epic failure. With the hiring of dynamic OC Rob Chudzinski and the drafting of QB Cam Newton we were hopeful the offense would show some improvement in 2011. We have not been disappointed in that regard. Using stats from Football Outsiders and NFL.com the Panthers offense has made unbelievable improvement:

Statistic

2010 Season

2011 (8 Games)

Total Offense (DVOA)

32nd

6th

Scoring (Pts/G)

32nd (12.2)

14th (23.4)

Rushing (DVOA)

32nd

3rd

Passing (DVOA)

31st

9th

3rd Down %

30th (30%)

9th (43%)

Turnover Margin

25th (-8)

23rd (-3)

Penalties

25th (106)

31st (65)

Though I've been quite aware of the vast improvement of the offense and the passing game in particular it's the Panthers rushing offense ranking that surprised me most. I would have thought it was middle of the pack at best. But once you consider it includes the yards and TDs put up by QB Cam Newton it makes sense. Newton has 7 TDs and is averaging around 50 yards a game.

I am most pleased with the improvement in 3rd down completion percentage. It took the Panthers a few games to get it going but have improved 3rd downs tremendously the past few games.

Though the Panthers have a top 6 offense in production the scoring certainly has room for improvement which can be tied to the turnover issue as well. The Panther offense and QB Cam Newton in particular needs to protect the football better if they are capitalize on their red zone opportunities.

So has the Panther offense met your expectations? Take the poll.  

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