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I'm certain DeAngelo Williams would say he'd rather have the win than the stats—and the Panthers certainly won convincingly against the St. Louis Rams.
Williams has been on a downward trend, though, and after three great games to open the season, he has struggled to gain yardage.
The last three games (including this Sunday), Williams has totaled 39, 64 and 40 yards on the ground. In each case, he had less than 20 carries, so that makes it harder to really compile yards.
It shouldn't come as a surprise that quarterback Cam Newton has been playing better over the three-week span, which has seen a downturn in Williams' production.
It may take some time to regain balance in the offense. But Williams—who is still working off the huge contract he signed in 2011 (although this particular year is cheaper than the others in his deal)—isn't looking like the back who was so good the first few weeks of the season.
He's cooled off, and it's hard to say when he will be able to turn it around—if at all.
Andrew Garda is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association. He is also a member of the fantasy football staff at FootballGuys.com and the NFL writer at CheeseheadTV.com. You can follow him at @andrew_garda on Twitter.