We've given you plenty of rhetoric and hyperbole on the Panthers loss to the Bucs. We've listened to post game comments and analyzed the formations. We've questioned a lot. Let's now take a look at some of the not so obvious key stats from the game book and see if we can draw any conclusions from it.
Let's start with the obvious:
- Turnovers: Panthers 2 Bucs 0 - Though the Panthers kept the Bucs from scoring after those turnovers the damage came from putting Cam on the sideline
- Time of Possession: Bucs 37 minutes (62%) to Panthers 23 (38%) - This key stat is a direct result of the Bucs being able to run the ball and the Panthers not at all
- Penalties: Panthers 6 for 65 yards; Bucs 4 for 35 - The difference is the Panthers penalties by the offense negated several good plays
- 3rd Down Conversion %: Panthers 2 of 10 (20%) to the Bucs 5 for 14 (36%) - It's hard to sustain drives when you can't convert 3rd downs; the low score for the game reflects how sloppy both teams were on 3rd down
We will look a little deeper in the game book...after the jump...
The NFL.com media game books (private link) now have a new feature and that is the total number of plays each player played either on offense, defense or special teams. Here's a summary by position:
- The Panthers starting offensive line played all 52 (100%) offensive plays (49 plus non-dead ball penalty plays)
- The WR plays break down: LaFell 52 (100%), Smith 47 (90%), Murphy 39 (75%), Pilares 3 (6%), Edwards 2 (4%) - Anyone surprised LaFell was on the field more than Smitty? You shouldn't as he gets in on short yardage to block
- RB DeAngelo Williams was in on 21 plays total with 7 touches (33%) 6 carries and 1 reception on 1 target.
- FB Mike Tolbert was in on 34 plays of 52 total (65%) with 4 touches (12%); 1 rush and 3 receptions on 3 targets
- TE Greg Olsen was in on 50 of 52 plays and Gary Barnidge was in on 8 plays (15%)
- On defense, the following players were in all 67 defensive snaps: CB Gamble, FS Nakamura, SS Godfrey
- LB Jon Beason missed one play 66 of 67; Anderson 55 (82%); Kuechly 46 (69%); Davis 12 (18%) - I could have sworn TD was out there more than that; my assumption is we drop a LB when we go to the nickel
- The DT rotation was led by Dwan Edwards 50 plays (75%); Ron Edwards 40 plays for 60% and Frank Kearse 32 (48%) - Sione Fua was inactive; Boy we put Dwan to work right out of the gate and he looks up to the task
- CB Captain Munnerlyn played 35 snaps (48%) while Josh Norman played 49 (73%) - Outside of an early PI call that was ticky tack to say the least the kid played pretty good
- The situational pass rushers getting action were DE Frank Alexander 31 (46%) and DE/LB Antwan Applewhite 18 snaps (27%) - Big Frank had two passes knocked down early in his limited appearances
- Four players played all 18 special teams plays: Phillips, Jones, Senn & Onatolu
- The following is the top three players in total snaps across all three phases: FS Nakamura 81, Gamble & Godfrey 72
- The best defensive stat line belongs to DE Greg Hardy who has 8 combined tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackles for loss and a QB hurry. Hopefully the Kraken has finally awakened
- Yards per Carry: Bucs 3.6 Panthers .8 - Beyond the Panthers dismal performance 3.6 for the D is an improvement from last season
- Yards per Pass Play: 8.1 for Panthers vs Buc 4.9 - This stat shows the criticism of Cam might be a little off base as James Dator pointed out.
- PR Joe Adams averaged 9.1 yards per punt return on 3 returns - A nice opening performance by the rookie
- Red zone efficiency - Panthers 0-1; Bucs 1 for 3 - Neither did well in a game with only 2 TDs