Carolina defense dominant in 10-9 win

Sunday’s game between the Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers was slated to be a defensive battle, and the game lived up to its billing. The sides combined for just 401 yards and a single touchdown in a 10-9 Panthers victory.

Cam Newton faced the best defense he’d seen since the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1, and it showed. The recently reliable quarterback looked fazed against the stout 49ers defense and finished with only 169 yards passing and a 52.7 passer rating. Newton was helped by Carolina’s running game, which combined for 111 yards and a touchdown.

Ultimately the Panthers defense was the star. It held a dangerous offense to 151 yards, while the defensive line sacked Colin Kaepernick six times.

Kaepernick’s game was a mixed bag. He threw the ball fairly well when given a chance, but the pressure the Panthers were bringing forced the 49ers to lean on their run game when passing failed. Kaepernick attempted 22 passes for 91 yards, while Frank Gore became the team’s focal point.

Working against the league’s second-ranked run defense was no problem for Gore, who ran for an efficient 82 yards, averaging 5.1 yards per attempt. San Francisco saw the same defensive success Carolina enjoyed, as its defense forced two turnovers and sacked Newton four times.

Losing tight end Vernon Davis to a concussion changed the game. Teams have succeeded in the past by attacking Carolina’s linebackers in the passing game, using tight ends to put pressure on suspect safety play. This is where Atlanta found limited success in Week 9, and where San Francisco could have had success. Without Davis, the team was forced to lean too much on a suspect receiving corps and there wasn’t a player Pittsburgh Penguins Cheap Jerseys who could Cheap Baseball Jerseys China step up and fill the void.

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The Broncos have the NFL’s highest scoring offense, averaging 41.2 points per game. More than 13 points separate the Broncos from the Bears, the second-most prolific offense at 28.8 points per game. I assumed that for a team to put up those kinds of numbers, it’s essential to get off to a good start.

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Even with placing Randall Cobb, Jermichael Finley and Bryan Bulaga on injured reserve, missing James Jones for two games and Eddie Lacy for one game, the Packers still rank second in the NFL in offense, according to Football Outsiders’ DVOA statistic. With great performances from Rodgers, Lacy and Jordy Nelson, Green Bay is third in the league in scoring and second in total yards. Mike McCarthy’s offense wasn’t just good, it was good in the face of a constantly running ticker that spat out nothing but bad news.

But this latest bit of bad news may be more than even McCarthy can overcome.

It’s been a tough season for gadget players. Randall Cobb is on temporary injured reserve list. Percy Harvin has yet to take a snap with the Seahawks.

It’s not his fault that his offensive coordinator, Brian Schottenheimer, had a secret plan based on one end-around per game, a few Jet sweeps and a whole bunch of dump offs in the flat from a shell-shocked Sam Bradford. As a matter of fact, St. Louis might have been the worst possible landing spot for Austin given the OC and Jeff Fisher’s offensive philosophy built around field goals and stout defense.

But it was all OK for a little while on Sunday when the Rams used only a handful of plays from Austin in a 38-8 thrashing of the Colts.

There was the punt return touchdown, which Tom Brady Cheap Jerseys shouldn’t have been Austin’s first one except for all the special teams penalties that cost him nearly 300 yards on punt returns alone. Then there was a simple go route, sending him streaking down the field for a deep pass and a score. The Cheap Basketball Jerseys real highlight, the one that says the Rams might have some idea about what the guy is capable of doing for them, was his 81-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Michael Floyd injury: Cardinals WR is day-to-day with shoulder sprain

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Michael Floyd is day-to-day with a shoulder sprain, Arizona Cardinals Wholesale NFL Jerseys head coach Bruce Arians told reporters Monday. Floyd suffered the injury late in the first quarter during the Cardinals’ win over the Houston Texans on Sunday. He did not return to the game after notching two receptions for 31 yards.

The Cardinals ultimately didn’t need Floyd on Sunday. He was the team’s leading receiver when he left, but Andre Roberts and Rob Housler were able to pick up the slack. Roberts had five receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown, and Housler had four receptions for 57 yards and another score during the 27-24 win in Glendale, Ariz.

Should Floyd miss extended playing time, the Cardinals’ offense could take a big hit, however. He is second on the team with 36 receptions for 464 yards and two touchdowns on the season. Larry Fitzgerald leads the team with 39 receptions for 493 yards and five touchdowns, but has been surprisingly inconsistent throughout the season. He was held to three catches for 23 yards on Sunday.

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How the Colts Will Win It: Andrew Luck continues to make jaw-dropping throws and timely scrambles to keep the offense rolling. T.Y. Hilton pulls a successful Torrey Smith transition from fly route maven to all-around No. 1 receiver. Finally realizing that they actually traded a first rounder instead of a fourth rounder, the Colts front office mandates 20 touches a game for Trent Richardson and he elevates the Indy ground game from “three yards and a cloud of dust” to “FOUR yards and a cloud of those little black rubber pellet thingies in Field Turf”. Someone emerges in the season’s second half to complement Robert Mathis and Cory Redding on the pass rush, and Vontae Davis keeps living up to his talent and locking down No. 1 wideouts.

Leslie Frazier hasn’t made a decision on which of these two players he will start on Sunday. Freeman missed the last game with a concussion and Frazier liked what he saw from Ponder, but he also knows that the team signed Freeman with the intention of finding out if it had anything.

Also, Matt Cassel could be better than both, but is completely out of the equation because that’s not going to do anything for the future and they’ve given up on the present. That’s pretty evident when they’re deciding between Ponder and Freeman.

Cook and Sanford have yet to practice this week due to hip and groin injuries, respectively, once again leaving the Vikings shorthanded. The Vikings do have some potential talent in the wings, namely rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes, but nothing proven. Until the Vikings shut down a passing attack of merit, quarterbacks like Tony Romo will be licking their chops heading into matchups like Sunday’s.

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