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A scary stat for the offense...

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The offense has been nothing short of spectacular throughout the season. People complained that we weren't running the ball enough or effectively but I feel like that has changed a lot since the first two games. It seems like we finally have a balanced almost unstoppable offense here in Carolina, one that would make Steve Beuerlein, Patrick Jeffers, and Mushin Muhammed look like a high school squad. So why are we 2-6? Is it our swiss cheese run defense that allows opposing offenses to chew up the clock and keep Cam's towel on his head? Is it our horrid special teams which allows huge returns, misses chip shot field goals, and can't get figure out how to get the ball past the 30 yard line?

Actually I have another theory...one that actually involves the offense and their inability to score points. And there is one scary stat that makes this problem painfully obvious. The offense is ranked 5th in the NFL in terms of yardage with 415.1 yards per game, 5th in passing (285) and 8th in rushing (129). However, we are ranked 16th in scoring at just 23.4 points per game. How does this compare to the 99' offense you ask? In 1999 we averaged only 355 yards per game, 60 yards less, but averaged 26.3 points per game, over 3 points more and just in case you forgot that team went 8-8.

But hey, that was over a decade ago...how does our scoring compare to other high powered offenses today? The top 5 offenses average 31, 27, 25, and 34 points per game respectively...and then the Panthers at 23 points per game.

So why do we not score more points? Turnovers? Terrible starting field Position? 80 yard plus drives that eat up clock? Rookie QB? Whatever the reason its obvious that even though the defense is bad and the special teams is worse the offense needs to be more effective on the scoreboard. I guess the old adage is correct, you have to score more points than the other guys if you wanna win.

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To those who don't want to read:

5th in Total Yards

5th in Passing Yards

8th in Rushing Yards

16th in Scoring

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We've missed on a lot of redzone opportunities. I bet there's a stat out there about our redzone efficiency that may be more telling.

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offense = points, not yards

we have an average offense

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yeah good offense could be great if could stop with stupid penalties while in the redzone and better redzone scoring.......

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offense = points, not yards

we have an average offense

I don't know that I would necessarily say that but I get what you mean.

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I wouldn't call this an average offense. I would call it a young offense. Average offenses don't put themselves in the redzone the amount of times Carolina has this year.

We have a rookie QB.....don't forget that. Redzone play always takes awhile to get down.

but don't sell short the fact Cam is getting us in the redzone more than any other QB in the NFL.....he is putting us in great situations. He is learning. Things are looking good.

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It's not a fluke that when Cam doesn't turn the ball over we win.

It's also not a fluke that we are one of the most penalized teams in the league.

It's also not a fluke that our competition in the first half was far superior to what most other teams have faced.

But..

Stay calm and carry on..

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Another rehash of a thread that has gone on ad nauseum. The offense in general is fine. But it dosn't operate in a vacuum. The statistics on how often a team scores is highly dependent on how long it has to drive the ball. Teams that start from their own 40 yard line for example are in field goal range after moving the ball 30 yards. This assumes your kicker can make a 40 yarder. Going from your 20. it would take 50 yards for a field goal try and 80 yards for a Td. Where are we in startiing field position? Near the bottom.

If we are at the top in 80 yard scoring drives we are obviously moving the ball but what people don't figure in is that if it takes 7 minutes to score the good news is that we kept the other offense off the field but if they then take 6 minutes to score on our defense, the first quarter is essentially over and we had one possession. So instead of rehashing the same old crap in the other thread lets at least give this a different spin. Those of you with access to advanced stats and the time to do it. How does our number of offensive possessions per game compare to other teams in the top five. Of thoose possessions, how many are 40 yards or less. How many are over 40 yards? Of those over 40, how many end up with punts, versus missed field goals or turnovers instead of points.

Instead of another tired discussion of points per yard which I really don't think is that informative, lets look at drives which is actually how the game is played and how scoring occurs. Or if you have new information not discussed, then do it here but lets not rehash the same old tired topic.

Thoughts?

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Not terribly surprising.

They're working on his short game, but Newton is still primarily a long ball QB at this point. That type is generally known to struggle in the red zone when things are shortened up. Opposing defenses know it and adjust accordingly. So far we haven't been able to effectively counter.

Once we improve either A) our run game or B) Newton's short game, then you'll see the scoring get better. It's not bad right now, mind you. Just not quite good enough.

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other thread a million pages long about the very same thing wasn't enough?

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Not terribly surprising.

They're working on his short game, but Newton is still primarily a long ball QB at this point. That type is generally known to struggle in the red zone when things are shortened up. Opposing defenses know it and adjust accordingly. So far we haven't been able to effectively counter.

Once we improve either A) our run game or B) Newton's short game, then you'll see the scoring get better. It's not bad right now, mind you. Just not quite good enough.

TBH it seems to me we get inside the 20 almost every drive. Then it's penalty time. We have the most 1st and goal penalties in the league(don't have any stats to prove this, just seems like it).

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