Carolina Panthers' Problems: Running Backs Aren't One Of Them

Victoria BenickContributor IOctober 27, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 25:  DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Carolina Panthers runs against the Buffalo Bills at Bank of America Stadium on October 25, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The Carolina Panthers aren't what they used to be. From winning the NFC South with their 12-4 season to sitting at third in the division struggling for a third win, the Panthers problems are lingering. Quarterback Jake Delhomme isn't performing properly, too many throws are intercepted and John Fox, the Panther's Head Coach, hasn't decided on a solution.

While many problems surround the Carolina Panthers, it's easy to forget that some of their team is still performing up to par. Running Backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart scored more touchdowns and gain more yards than most of their teammates. Williams and Stewart continue to prove their not the problem with the Panther's game.

DeAngelo Williams is the Panthers strongest running back, scoring 5 touchdowns this season, more than anyone else on the team. These include the single touchdown made against the Buffalo Bills on October 25 and the winning touchdown, scored with less than a minute left on the clock, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Williams currently leads the Panthers rushing line up with 462 yards, with almost a third of them gained in the win against Tampa Bay. Since joining the Carolina Panthers in 2006, Williams continues to prove he's a strong player. With no less than 500 yards per season, and over 1500 yards gained during the 2008 season, Williams is running the ball and scoring the points that the Panther's passing game isn't gaining this season.

Jonathan Stewart is the second strongest Running Back on the Carolina Panthers, with his skills often complimenting those of DeAngelo Williams. With 2009 being Stewarts' second season with the Panthers, Jonathan Stewart played in 16 games last year, scored 10 touchdowns and gained over 800 rushing yards during the 2008 season.

Stewart continues to prove he's an asset to the team. He's scored two touchdowns this season, with Stewart making the winning touchdown against the Washington Redskins on October 11. While Stewart only gained 89 yards in last week's game against the Buffalo Bills, he's gained 273 yards this season, making him second in rushing yards for the Carolina Panthers.

With many pitfalls and problems surrounding the Carolina Panthers, DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart act as the needles in the haystack for the team. While they’re hard to notice in all the hay, it's important to seek them out and give them recognition.