Carolina –Three Performances of Note
Oh Captain, My Captain It’s safe to say Captain Munnerlyn (-4.2) is having an up and down year. This would be one of the down games. In coverage he was targeted twice, both were completed for a total of 51 yards, but he was also flagged twice. Add in some poor play against the run and his failure to register pressure when he blitzed (okay so it was only once), and Munnerlyn didn’t have a positive grade in any area of his game. And if you are looking for an example of his poor performance, look no further than the Titans play on 1 st -and-10 with 9:40 remaining in the third quarter. With the Titans backed up on their own eight yard line, Munnerlyn allowed Damian Williams to beat him inside and pick up the first down. Not a great day at all.
Not Helping the Situation
It’s easy to pin a team’s offensive woes on the quarterback. But while Cam Newton (-1.1) was far from his best, he wasn’t helped by the skill position players around him. They dropped five passes between them over the course of the game. Greg Olsen (-2.8) didn’t just drop a pass however. His fumble with 8:24 left in the first quarter and the Panthers inside the red zone, robbed Carolina of a scoring opportunity early on. Pivotal moment early on.
Leading the Way
I’ve expected more from James Anderson (+2.9) this season, but he hasn’t followed up his impressive 2010 season (+14.1). Already he has more missed tackles this season (10) than he had all of last year (9). Fortunately however, this was one of his better games of the season. Solid against the run, Anderson registered four defensive stops. Good in coverage, he allowed three catches for 22 yards from the five times he was thrown at. He may have failed to generate any pressure on his six blitzes but that’s a small blot on a good day.
Captain and Olsen.