The Panthers have plenty to celebrate from their victory over the Saints this past Sunday. They had key performances on both sides of the ball but it was the offense that really turned things around from last week. So this week I picked four key, positive Panther plays to review in depth. The first one comes from a monster play by the defense that set the tone for the day while the final three were by the offense and provided us either scores for key plays.
With 5:33 left in the 1st quarter and the Saints already up by 7 and having already gotten the ball back S Charles Godfrey is matched up on TE
Jimmy Graham Dave Thomas and follows him across the field. You'll see Godfrey start to peel back but then he suddenly realizes Graham Thomas is about to get the ball and thanks to Charles Johnsons' pressure QB Drew Brees doesn't see Godfrey lurking.
Godfrey jumps the route and quickly evens the score. Take that and your goal post dunk Jimmy Graham! We wouldn't hear much from Graham the rest of the game.
I've got three more ...after the jump...
This next play is the kind of play that just did not work last week or we just did not run it at the right time. Here you will see it was the perfect play call. The Saints had blitzed a LB and you'll see the Panthers set up the screen to Stewart for the TD.
Notice C Ryan Kalil getting out and sealing the pursuing DT inside while the WR (not sure which one but my guess is
LaFell Steve Smith) manhandles the CB. Now that is how you execute the screen play.
This third play is classic Chud trickery which is set up by the screen pass I just highlighted. This play was also Sports Center's #10 play of the weekend. From the shot gun QB Cam Newton takes the snap and fakes a pass left to RB Jonathan Stewart just as he is actually handing the ball off to WR Brandon LaFell with his left hand. From there LaFell gets some nice blocking on the edge and a pancake block by Byron Bell. The rest is just LaFell who showed some surprising open field moves before stumbling after gaining 20+ yards.
Our offensive line just killed the Saints. In fact, John Madden called the unit the best o-line performance of week 2. This segues nicely with play number 4. We all gave the o-line and rookie LG Amini Silatolu a hard time after the stinker they put up last week. They really redeemed themselves this week and so I had to include this play where I highlight Silatolu as he pulls rumbles 29 yards down field to lead the way for DeAngelo Williams:
Amini wasn't the only guy getting after it in this play. Notice TE Greg Olsen seals the edge while WR's Louis Murphy and LaFell own their guys. C Ryan Kalil likewise drives LB Curtis Loften 10 yards down field and out of the play. All 11 guys executed this play very well though if only Silatolu had taken out Jenkins Willaims might have scored. Still a very nice gain though.
Celebrate the performance Panther fans because it was fun to watch!