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#1 fieryprophet

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:45 PM

https://www.profootb...nthers-week-14/

Newton Delivers

This was one of the better performances we’ve seen from Cam Newton (+4.4) this season. Not necessarily in terms of his overall grade – this marked the third time in three weeks he’s graded above +4.0 – but more so regarding his presence in leading a struggling Panther team to a much needed victory against the one-loss Falcons. Newton was in command from the start, leading Carolina to points on each of their first half possessions and finishing the game with two touchdowns and a 67.6% adjusted accuracy percentage – his highest since Week 2. As good as his passing was, he was electric running the ball, as he gained 116 yards on just nine carries including a 72-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter. His best play of the day came not on that touchdown run, but at 14:11 of the second quarter when he made a spectacular run to pick up the first down on 3rd-and-11, eluding a sack attempt by Corey Peters in the process.

He was not perfect, though, as he displayed shaky deep and intermediate accuracy at times, completing just 6-of-16 passes over 10 yards in the air. However, he excelled on short throws, going 17-of-18 on throws under 10 yards and behind the LOS.

Strong Side

As large a part of Newton’s success as anything was the dominance of the Panther offensive line versus the Atlanta front seven. The left side was especially strong, led by standout performances from LT Jordan Gross (+3.9) and LG Amini Silatolu (+5.0). The two were equally impressive run blocking and in pass protection, as they combined to allow just a single pressure and paved the way for several huge runs, including Newton’s 72-yarder. On the play, Silatolu powered off of the ball and pushed Peters right out of the play, while Gross worked to the second-level of the defense to seal Witherspoon to the inside, opening up a huge lane to the outside. Credit the play fake, which completely fooled Biermann, but the run doesn’t go for a touchdown without the blocks by this tandem.

Hardy Backs Up Talk

There was a lot of talk from Greg Hardy (­+1.7) coming into the game, and for the most part, he backed it up. On 45 snaps rushing the passer, Hardy totaled six pressures, including a sack and three hits, while no other Panther got into the face of Ryan more than twice. And the pressure came from all over, as he lined up at multiple spots on the line and even with his hand off the ground throughout the game. In fact, two of the end’s most impressive QB disruptions came from the inside of the line; on consecutive plays in the fourth quarter, Hardy lined up at DLT and DRT and each time attacked the B-gap, beating the guard – first Peter Konz and then Justin Blalock and Sam Baker – in the process.

Hardy was hardly a one-trick-pony in this game, however, as he actually graded higher for his efforts defending the run than he did rushing the passer.

Game Notes

-Luke Kuechly extended his league in tackles with 15, including four stops. He is now fourth among all qualifying inside linebackers with a Run Stop Percentage of 12.1.

-Michael Turner was held to 14 yards on seven carries, the fifth time this season he’s been held under 3.0 yards per rush.

-The Panthers used three wide receivers on 78.8% of their offensive snaps.

PFF Game Ball

Cam Newton earned the right to do his superman pose with this performance.



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Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:49 PM

It's good to see Cam improving on the short passes. He's been needing to focus on that. He may have been mediocre in the long passing game, but I know that accuracy is there. That first down on 3rd and 11 was great. He needs that to boost his confidence in the pocket. He needs to realize that he shouldn't be so easy to sack behind the line of scrimmage. He has the legs to extend plays and he's always a threat running the ball.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:52 PM

It's good to see Cam improving on the short passes. He may have been mediocre in the long passing game, but I know that accuracy is there.


The knock on Cam (er, one of the knocks) was that he was bad on the short pass. He's improved there. I see no reason why his long accuracy won't improve either, with some work.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:52 PM

17/18 on short passes sounds great to me

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:54 PM

I thought Hardy had two sacks?

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:56 PM

The knock on Cam (er, one of the knocks) was that he was bad on the short pass. He's improved there. I see no reason why his long accuracy won't improve either, with some work.


He's third in the league on the deep pass, so it's always been a strong suit. He just had a subpar game for him in that area this week.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:56 PM

I thought Hardy had two sacks?


No, Frank Kearse had the other.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:57 PM

No, Frank Kearse had the other.


Dammit

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:59 PM

Oh isn't everything just butterflies and chocolate cake when we get a win...

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:03 PM

Oh isn't everything just butterflies and chocolate cake when we get a win...


Why even be here at this point of the season if wins don't matter to you anymore?

Don't even front.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:04 PM

Oh isn't everything just butterflies and chocolate cake when we get a win...


i for one hate it when the quarterback of my favorite team shows strong improvement in several otherwise weak areas of his game against a hated division rival

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:07 PM

He's third in the league on the deep pass, so it's always been a strong suit. He just had a subpar game for him in that area this week.


Those two to Smitty and Murphy....dang you know he wishes he could have those back. The game wouldn't have even been close to being close.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:22 PM

I'm making fun of how drastically different the attitude is around here when we lose, no matter how well newton plays.

We lose a close game, newton should be traded, the teams moving to LA.

We win and it everyone acts like we won a playoff game and that our QB is league MVP.

Try not to jump to conclusions so fast.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:29 PM

nice to see silatolu getting a positive grade he's been looking bustish this whole season.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:38 PM

nice to see silatolu getting a positive grade he's been looking bustish this whole season.


He's had other flashes, just has to be much more consistent, his upside is monstrous once he gets the mental aspect down


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