Star Stars Again
Though they have lost their opening two games, Panthers fans can at least celebrate the play of first-round draft pick Star Lotulelei (+4.3) through the early part of the season. Though his stat line doesn’t jump off the screen at you, with just one quarterback hurry and two tackles, he seemed to have the better of Bills’ left guard Colin Brown for much of the encounter. His day was highlighted by a tackle for loss on 3rd-and-4 with 8:51 left in the first quarter, bursting past Brown straight off the snap to take down Fred Jackson for a four-yard loss. The tackle would push the Bills’ ensuing field goal try to 42 yards, with kicker Dan Carpenter hooking it wide right.
Also this made me do a double take:
- The Panthers averaged 6.3 yards per carry on four runs off right guard.