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March 5, 2019
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Between the Tuesday Turtle Spotlight Color Rush David Mayo Jersey , the occasional Monday Morning Optimist, and various miscellaneous articles interspersed throughout the last twelve months, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera has received his fair share of criticism here on Cat Scratch Reader. The classic, grind-it-out style of football he has openly spoken in favor of is going the way of the dodo, and his insistence on sticking to it has likely cost the Panthers their fair share of games. However, that style of play gives the Panthers their best shot at upsetting the New Orleans Saints tonight. The Saints are a better football team than the Panthers. They’re better on offense. They’re better on defense. They’ve only lost one of their last 12 games, and that was a Thursday night road game against a streaking Dallas Cowboys team. They’re second in the NFL in scoring, averaging 34.4 points per game and their defense is coming around of late Youth Trai Turner Jersey , holding five straight opponents under 20 points. The Saints are a juggernaut. The Panthers are anything but. Drew Brees and the Saints offense average 3.48 points per drive and have a drive success rate of .810, both best in the league. The Panthers average 2.40 points per drive and have a drive success rate of .753. Over the course of the season, the two defenses are roughly equal in those metrics, but the Saints’ unit is trending up while the Panthers’ is going the other way. The more drives that take place on Monday night, the more likely it is that the Saints will put up points and run away with the game. Ron Rivera and his coaching staff have always tried to slow the game down and keep things close. That style is detrimental to the team when they are superior to their opponent. That’s not the case tonight. Tonight, the Panthers need to be deliberate on offense. They need to take care of the ball and use as much clock as possible on their way to scoring touchdowns. On defense, they need to prevent the Saints from hitting on any big plays. Every drive needs to take as long as possible. If the Panthers do that, they have a chance. A game with fewer possessions is more likely to be heavily influenced by a couple plays here and there. There’s a smaller sample of possessions http://www.authenticscarolinap.....son-jersey , so there’s intrinsically more variance in such contests. That variance could just as likely result in a Panthers win as a Panthers loss. As that sample size increases and the variance dissipates, it becomes more and more likely that the Saints will walk out of Bank of America Stadium with a win. This is the perfect game for Ron Rivera to do what he likes to do. It won’t guarantee a win by any means, but it gives the Panthers their best chance. As a head coach, that’s all he can do.Panthers 27 Dolphins 20: 5 winners, 3 losers from Carolina’s win over Miami The Panthers had an up and down start to tonight’s preseason home opener against the Dolphins, but fortunately they did enough good to outlast Miami en route to a 27-20 victory that sent the hometown fans home happy. Here are five winners and three losers from tonight’s game:WinnersChristian McCaffrey: The Panthers running back is already in mid-season form after he carved up the Dolphins defense for a 71-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The Panthers have said this offseason that they plan to give him around 25-30 touches per game, and based on tonight that is definitely a solid strategy.Ian Thomas: It’s hard to not be happy for this kid. He showed why he was drafted tonight on a beautiful catch and run that resulted in a 27-yard touchdown in the first half. He’s going to be something special, folks. This is just the beginning.Join CSR FanPulse!Curtis Samuel: Samuel had some great catches tonight and showed why he was drafted in the second round. He finally looks healthy Color Rush Torrey Smith Jersey , too—which is an added bonus.Corn Elder: When you’re competing for a spot on the 53-man roster, you have to make plays that get you noticed. Elder did that tonight with a very nice tip drill interception. Well done, Corn. Well done.Kenjon Barner: Barner had himself a nice game and made a case to make the 53-man roster as the No. 3 running back on the depth chart. Yes, he played late in the game against Miami’s backups, but you have to take advantage of any opportunity you can get, and he did that tonight. I’m looking forward to seeing more from him next week. He would have scored a touchdown too, but Elijah Hood had to come in and steal it from him.

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