Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 8:16 pm

Panthers 30, Saints 7

Filed under: Fun,Panthers — Lex @ 8:16 pm
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Well, we’ve accumulated some evidence in support of my hypothesis that I am the Panthers’ good-luck charm. I was able to watch almost all the game while washing and folding laundry, and the results speak for themselves. Either that, or else the good Panthers slugged the bad Panthers over the head, tied them up and threw them into the laundry closet. Whichever.

I won’t say this game had everything, but it had a lot good. Coming into the game, it was the Saints’ second-ranked offense against the Panthers’ third-ranked defense, and we got a good luck at why defense wins Super Bowls. Julius Peppers only got one sack but was in Drew Brees’ face All. Day. (And forced a fumble. Chris Harris, who recovered, must have been thinking, “Hey, that’s MY trick.”) Ken Lucas picked off a pass. And with Saints RB Reggie Bush out with an injury, the Panthers defense successfully stuffed the Saints on fourth-and-1 not once but twice, once at the goal line. How often do you see that?

Deangelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart combined for 35 carries for 134 yards — not bad considering the patchwork nature of the O-line. Jake still had to throw a good bit on third down, though. Steve Smith had 122 yards and a score — not a bad day for any wideout. But this was the D’s day.

The Panthers’ next three opponents — Arizona, Oakland and Detroit — won’t scare anybody. If the Panthers win those games, and they should, they’ll be in commanding position heading into their rematch with Atlanta.

1 Comment

  1. Lex, I was at the game with my son, sitting way up near the stratosphere. It was a lot of fun, and the fans were certainly pumped up after the game.

    As you suggest, the Panthers were pretty impressive. The defense was awesome, but there were also some great offensive plays and particularly some great pass receptions.

    Comment by Joe Guarino — Wednesday, October 22, 2008 4:21 pm @ 4:21 pm

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