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Once A-GINN –Panthers get their 2nd Preseason Win (34-27)

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Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

ONCE-A-GINN
Ted Gin Jr. ‘The Special Teams Extraordinaire,’does it again. Ted Ginn returns a 74-yd. punt return for a TD. With a few jukes, Ginn was off to the races. Carolina hasn’t returned a punt since 2006 when Steve Smith returned one against the N.Y Giants. Ginn, a first round pick of the Miami Dolphins, has exceptional quickness and acceleration. His playmaking ability boosted the adrenaline of our defense and caused the momentum to shift in the Panthers favor. Rivera: “all we have to do is give him a chance and get the ball in his hands.”

MOMENTUM
Football can be largely decided by momentum. And the Panthers last Thursday gobbled it up like some ravenous pack of well, …‘Panthers.’
Ginn’s return gave us a “big spark” said LB Luke Kuechly. “Anytime you can have a touchdown on special teams, it’s big.” “We just rode the momentum of Ted…”
“The defense fed off that excitement,” said Rivera. “Then, the defense went to work—creating takeaway after takeaway; score after score.”
The Panthers Defense turned into a bulwark to be reckoned with, causing four turnovers.

Panthers Defensive Stats: 3 INTs’.–8 Tackles for loss.–3 Sacks.–6 QB hits.–3 Defensive TD’s.

Joe Flacco threw 2 INT’s. Tyrod Taylor threw 1 INT. Ray Rice was held to 62 yds. out of 16 attempts.

Game Recap:
Qt. 1–Both teams were able to score a touchdown in the 1st Qt. Rice scored first for Baltimore. Ted Ginn returned a punt for Carolina.

Qt. 2–The 2nd Qt. was all Carolina. Drayton Florence had a 71 yd. INT. T. Davis had a 2yd. Fumble return. G. Gano kicked a 54 yd. Field goal. The Panthers put up 17 points in the 2nd Qt.

Qt 3–The 3rd Qt. was balanced with each team putting up 10 pts. Both teams had field goals. A TD pass was caught by J. Tucker for Baltimore from Flacco. D. Moore had an INT for Carolina returning it 33 yards and into the endzone.

Qt. 4–Baltimore had 10 pts in the 4th Qt. A 10 yd. TD run by D. Berry and a 36 yd. FG by J. Tucker.

Panthers get their 2nd Preseason Win against Ravens 34-27

DEFENSE
“Without a doubt, I think we have one of the strongest front seven’s in the NFL,” says Thomas Davis.

MVP: Luke Kuechly – 1 INT, 1 FF, 7 Tackles.
Luke Kuechly never gives up. After a ‘suspect’ call, to say the least, for a penalty for helmet to helmet contact, Kuechly hops in front of the ball to get an INT. Great hussle and ball awareness.

“In terms of a statistic standpoint, that’s the best defensive performance that I’ve been a part of,” says Jon Beason via Panthers. “To score three touchdowns on defense is impressive.”

Beason labels the defense as “attack oriented.” The idea is to create turnovers: sacks, fumbles, interceptions, strip balls, etc. Beason is continuing to work hard to be ready for the season where he plans to hit it “running.”

Star Lotulelei continues to make strides, working on his technique and continually “taking little steps each game.” Short also was impressive showing his speed and tackling technique. It’s great to see our first two draft picks making a big impact. The sky is the limit for these two guys, providing that they stay healthy.

OFFENSE
“We kinda shot ourselves in the foot,” said Rivera. “We can’t have bad plays; negative plays.” “We have to score touchdowns.” “Were going to focus on the negatives because those are the things that need to be corrected.”
Panthers Offense continues to struggle.
Offense only had 173 total yards compared to 357 yds. put up by the Ravens. The Panthers consistently managed to be put in 3rd and long’s. Penalties plagued the offense. The Panthers had 12 penalties for 133 yds. Yet, they had 0 turnovers.

The Panthers could not get the running game going. The leading rusher was T. Poole for 36 yds. out of 15 attempts.

G. Olsen led in receptions: 3 for 44yds.

“We know we need to get better,” says TE Greg Olsen. “We have a lot of things that we can work on.” “We need to contribute more.”
Cam Newton said, “Offensively we will be better.” “We’ve got to find our mesh” and “get into a faster groove.” “I feel like we let the [team] down.” “Offensively if all you can account for is three points, it’s unacceptable.” “We know what we’re capable of…. And were not showing as much during the preseason.” Going into the regular season we will be ready.

ROSTER CUTS
Starting cuts from 90 down to 53. Narrowing it down to 75 and then a week later to 53. Tackle Bruce Campbell, wide receiver Kealoha Pilares and fullback Michael Zordich are waived/IR. Waived include: Quarterback Colby Cameron, punter Jordan Gay, cornerback Nick Hixson, kicker Morgan Lineberry, wide receiver Dale Moss, defensive end Louis Nzegwu , linebacker Ryan Rau, safety Ricardo Silvaand and guard Justin Wells. (via http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/24/panthers-make-12-moves-waive-injured-campbell/)

ADDITION TO O-LINE
Panthers sign OL Travelle Wharton (via Panthers). Wharton has the ability to play guard and tackle.

INJURIES
(via Charlotte Observer):
Kenjon Barner (foot); Jonathan Stewart (ankle); Mike Tolbert (hamstring); Ben Hartsock (foot); Frank Kearse (knee); Joe Adams (calf); Edmund Kugbila (hamstring); Amini Silatolu (hamstring) and Jeff Byers (undisclosed).

credit to Rodney Griffin for slogan “Once-A-Ginn”…thanks buddy

Written by: Phillip Boyce
Twitter: phillipjboyce


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