The Carolina Panthers defeated the Indianapolis Colts by the score of 27 to 19 today. Thank for reading my review of the Panthers win over the Colts who desperately miss Peyton Manning.
Cam Newton had one of his best days as a pro in the Panthers win over the Colts. Cam Newton completed 20 of 27 passes for 208 yards, no touchdowns or interceptions. Cam Newton did have a 14 yard touchdown run against the Colts. The lack of turnovers by Newton was huge in the Panthers win over a fairly determined Indianapolis Colts team.
The Panthers offense went to the rushing attack a little more than usual and let the running backs do the majority of the work on offense. Jonathan Stewart had 70 yards on 10 carries and DeAngelo Williams added 69 yards and two touchdowns on 15 attempts.
Steve Smith caught three passes for 68 yards and Brandon LaFell stepped up with five receptions for 43 yards against the Colts. Olsen and a returning from injury Jeremy Shockey combined for six receptions and 65 yards.
Curtis Painter showed me more than I thought he had when he passed for 226 yards against the Carolina Panthers. Reggie Wayne had a big day with five receptions for 122 yards against Carolina.
The Panthers defense did intercept two of Painters passes and held the Colts to under 110 yards rushing. Charles Godfrey had a big game for the Panthers against the Colts. Charles had four tackles; two assists a forced fumble and a sack. James Anderson has three tackles and seven assists. Sherrod Martin and Chris Gamble had interceptions for the Panthers against the Colts.
The Carolina Panthers special teams stepped up against the Indianapolis Colts. Pilares had a 76 yard kickoff return. The Panthers coverage units had their best day holding the Colts to one yard on four punt returns. Armanti Edwards had a nice 17 yard punt return today.
The Carolina Panthers beat a team in the Colts that they were supposed to beat. That has not always happened in the recent past of the Panthers. I like how the run defense and special teams played well and hope this gives them some confidence for future games.
The Colts played hard against the Panthers probably thinking this was their best chance to win a game in the 2011 season. Kind of ironic that the team that would have drafted Andrew Luck beat the team that WILL draft Luck next year.