Positive 1- Offensive line suprised to the upside. Not only did they perform well in pass protection allowing Cam Newton to complete 69.2% of his passes for a QB rating of 97.2 against a depeted but still vaunted Sehawks defense but the O line also performed very solidly in the running game which allowed for good clock control and a combined 134 rushing yds on the ground at 5.4 YPC.
While I would have liked to see a little less conservative play calling and more deep passes, the O line looked much better than anticipated and controlled the clock to give our defense needed rest. Overall offensive grade; B+
Positive 2- Defense Defense Defense. No need to go into stats here, I saw it, you saw it we all saw it. This defense straight up dominated and looked like the 2003 defense. Star is as advertised and while our DEs didnt post monster stats, this defensive unit exceeded expectations as a whole. Defensive grade; A-
The only negative in this game is just overall game management and very stupid penalties. I dont forsee Armond Smith running out of bounds on a weekly basis nor do I see big Frank taking swings every week either. We did plenty enough to win, had D will not have fumbled who knows what happens.
Aside from a few tweaks here and there, Carolina needs to stay the course. If this D continues playing at a high level like it is and if the O can just be a tad less conservative, this team will do big things this year. I loved the clock control ground and pound offense, while its not sexy lets remember its because of offenses like this our D can be so dominant due to a lot of rest time.
Im with Cam on this. "No need to get up in arms, this is pnly week 1."
I'm with you. Birng back the Offensive team of 2011 while the new and hopefully improved Defense continue to do their thing.
Didn't get to follow the game but got the impression from the reaction on this site, that the coaching was way to conservative. Don't know why but it's the first game.
Although I still wouldn't give the Defense anything in the A family, after all let's not forget that the bar for them was paractically set on the floor because of the last two seasons, I will give them the B+ and the Offense the B.