Here's the overview of opponents' performance in converting 3rd & 4th downs.
(Note: The "made" attempts at right include any attempts where 1st downs were granted because of CAR penalties. The "failed" numbers at the right include several 3rd / 4th attempts nullified by opponents' penalties. So the numbers on the right don't match the official game book stats where the penalties are ruled no play.)
And here is the running total for Weeks 1 & 2:
1) Panthers are doing a great job in keeping defenses of 3rd/4th and long. Basically 60% of all conversion attempts are in the 3rd & long category (I'll have exact yard averages per game later... the Saints had a number of WAY long attempts well beyond 3rd & long). By contrast, only 40% of Panthers 3rd down attempts so far have been 3rd & long. So well done!
2) I love that we're not just stopping 3rd & longs, but also stuffing opponents in 2/3 of all their short yardage attempts. (By contrast Panthers are making close to 50% of their short 3rd down attempts). And allowing 0 conversions on middle distance attempts. So very nice!
3) We may worry about Panthers' Defense having let up in the 2nd half of games (especially versus the Jets), but it hasn't shown up in the 3rd down conversion stats. Panthers are equally successful in stopping conversions in both halves, for the most part.