There’s a certain saying that goes, "Once is luck, twice is skill." Right now, the Carolina Panthers have neither. The win against the 49ers was a fluke and I doubt Matt Moore will ever be able to duplicate that performance.
The Panthers lost, 20-10, today in a game that showed how good the Panthers defense is, how good Sam Bradford will be and how bad the Panthers offense will continue to be. Minus the fluke touchdown to Brandon LaFell at the end of the game, the Panthers scored 3 points and had a whopping 120 yards of total offense.
The stat that hurts the most: 30. As in, the Panthers only had 30 yards rushing FOR THE GAME. What a joke. And let's not even get into the four turnovers, three by Matt Moore. The other turnover was by Steve Smith, who looks like he has checked out.
I do have a great idea. The Panthers should trade their offense for the Lions offense. The Panthers would be undefeated. Carolina has scored 20 or more points once all season, whereas the Lions have not scored at least 20 only once this season.
The offense should barely be considered Division I caliber in the NCAA, let alone NFL caliber. Moore can’t throw, we have no running game, no receivers (What happened to David Gettis?) and no will to win.
I hope John Fox and Jeff Davidson have good careers, but somewhere else. They are done in Carolina.
Finally, nice job defense! The defense is top 5, but a pathetic offense is keeping it from its deserved recognition. It held Steven Jackson to 59 yards on 23 carries. The only knock this week was that it didn’t create the eight turnovers needed for the Panthers offense to get going, and the defense only created one sack. That number needs to go up.
Sorry Panthers fans, but this season is only going to get uglier. Enjoy the NBA!