Carolina Panthers Week 2 Awards: MVP, LVP and Top Rookie

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Carolina Panthers Week 2 Awards: MVP, LVP and Top Rookie
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The Carolina Panthers won their first game of the season by defeating the New Orleans Saints, 35-27.

The win marked the first time that Cam Newton beat the New Orleans Saints, and the victory sent the Panthers' bitter rival into the cellar of the NFC South. 

Last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina's offensive line was dominated by the front seven of the Bucs. Tampa Bay held the Panthers' talented rushing combination to just 10 yards on the ground. 

Even without the presence of Jonathan Stewart, gaining only 10 yards on the ground is inexcusable. 

Clearly, Ron Rivera thought the same thing and made it a point to run the ball against New Orleans. 

When it was all said and done, the Panthers ran the ball 41 times for 219 yards and three touchdowns. On average, Carolina gained five yards per rush and the Saints had few answers for the run game until midway through the fourth quarter. 

The Panthers must now get ready to play the New York Giants on a short week, as the two teams will face off at Bank of America Stadium on Thursday.

While many of the things that the Panthers did in Week 2 were great, there are still aspects of the team that could be tinkered with in order to remain competitive in the tough NFC South. 

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