Let's go ahead and get the ugliest Panther play of the game out of the way. With 7:28 in the 2nd quarter and the Panthers inside the 5 yard line Newton appears to target Louis Murphy over the middle in the back of the end zone. Yet he gets pressure up the middle and instead short arms the throw resulting in an INT.
If you watch closely the both guards pull, Silatolu to the right and Bell to the left. Unfortunately Bell misses the NG and turns and watches him lay the hit on Newton. Newton said post-game he was actually trying to throw the ball away but if so it was a very soft attempt to do so. This pass in my view should have been considered for SBN's Worst Pass of the Week in their Week in Worst GIF post (but Sanchez wins again!)
The Panthers did rebound from this tragedy a little later helped first by this nice drag route to WR Brandon LaFell that went for 32 yards, the Panthers biggest play of the day:
Notice how the play action to Stewart holds the LBs and allows LaFell to clear the middle and get to the edge (with an assist to the ref).
Honestly this play should be open all day long and as it turns out they run the same play five plays later and score.
For some reason I don't recall seeing the play run again.
Just for good measure I have to throw in LaFell's TD dance which might be a version of what is now being called gangnum style? (I admit I have no idea what that is):
If that is not a gangnum style TD dance then I was told Tolbert's TD dance in the 4th quarter definitely was, aided by J-Stew who totally cracks me up. More important though was the pancake block in the backfield to spring Tolbert.
I can't tell in this clip who it was but my guess is center Geoff Hangartner.
My last GIF to you is the type of play this offense has really missed this season and is simply a trap play up the gut aided by a nice second level block by LT Jordan Gross. Notice the play action (read option) freezes DeMarcus Ware who let's Stewart zip right by.
Where has that play been all season? Some of you will certainly disagree with me on this next statement but I think if that hand off is to DeAngelo Williams he takes it to the house.
So after looking at some of our key plays I'm not so sure the problem is the read option is being used too much. It might just be Newton isn't making the right reads all the time and/or the offensive line just isn't getting the job done up front. Thoughts?
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