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Thread: Preseason week 1-Carolina Panthers 20 Ny Giants 10-Aug 13th,2011

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    Preseason week 1-Carolina Panthers 20 Ny Giants 10-Aug 13th,2011

    Panthers 20 Giants 10



    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Cam Newton led a pair of field-goal drives in his NFL debut, and Jimmy Clausen threw a touchdown pass to Greg Olsen to help the Carolina Panthers beat the New York Giants 20-10 in a preseason game Saturday night.


    Newton, the Heisman Trophy winner from Auburn and top overall pick in the NFL draft, had mixed results. He struggled with his accuracy and twice failed to get the Panthers into the end zone on promising first-half drives. But he also showed plenty of zip on his throws and brought some big-play potential to the league's worst offense last season.


    Newton completed 8 of 19 throws for 134 yards, including a pair of completions of at least 30 yards. He entered the game to loud cheers on Carolina's first drive of the second quarter and left early in the fourth.

    Michael Boley returned an interception 56 yards for a score in the game's opening minutes for the Giants' only touchdown.

    It was a forgettable night for New York's offense, which never reached the end zone. Lawrence Tynes missed two field goals and had another blocked in the fourth.

    The game also marked the debut of Panthers coach Ron Rivera, who replaced John Fox as the franchise begins a significant overhaul.

    Newton's arrival seems sure to provide a spark and renewed fan interest for a team coming off a two-win season. The loudest cheers of the night came when Newton put on his helmet and ran onto the field to replace Clausen with 14:21 left in the second quarter.

    His first throw was a safe one, a rollout to the right on play action for a short pass to Olsen that the tight end turned into a 10-yard gain. A few plays later, Newton found Olsen again with an on-the-button throw to the left for a 30-yard gain that set up a first-and-goal.

    But Newton twice failed to connect with Brandon LaFell in the end zone, forcing Carolina to settle for a field goal. Newton also led the Panthers on a 54-yard drive in the final minute of the half, but rushed a pass against pressure and overthrew an open Armanti Edwards at the goal line to set up another field goal for a 13-10 halftime lead.

    Still, Newton avoided big mistakes and took care of the football. The same couldn't be said of Clausen, who heard boos from the moment his second pass hit Boley in the hands barely 2 minutes in. When the next drive ended with Clausen taking a third-down sack, some fans stopped booing long enough only to begin chants of "Cam! Cam!"

    Clausen salvaged his night by finding Olsen for an 18-yard touchdown on the next possession.

    New York coach Tom Coughlin didn't see any such bounceback from his offense.

    Eli Manning didn't lead a scoring drive in his five series, completing 4 of 9 passes for just 36 yards. He also slightly overthrew Hakeem Nicks on what could've been a big third-down gain on his first possession, forcing Tynes to try a 56-yard field goal.

    His final series ended when the Panthers stopped Brandon Jacobs on a third-and-short carry midway through the second quarter. Then, after recovering a fumble from Mike Goodson in Carolina territory, the Giants came up empty again when Tynes missed a 37-yard kick.

    Carolina added an insurance score when Derek Anderson found Kealoha Pilares for a 35-yard touchdown in the fourth
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    Laurent Robinson looks to be an awesome returner, LaFell looks to be a solid WR, Stewart and Williams look like they're back to form, Olsen will work in Carolina, Clausen sucks still, Newton had some good plays but also threw some in the dirt, Eli didn't look particularly good--the lack of a good TE and Steve Smith may hurt him a lot, Bradshaw had questionable decision making...his first run he found the hole quickly and busted off a big gain...his second he ran into his own line and missed the hole, it's weird watching NBC and not seeing Cris and Al...Bob Papa and Carl Banks called this one
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    Panthers looked almost like a professional team last night--20 points from the offense is pretty impressive from a team that failed to score a single offensive touchdown in the whole pre-season last year. They only scored 20 point or more a few times in all of 2010.
    That early pick six notwithstanding, I thought Clausen looked much more confident and competent than he has in the past, and the first part of the game was played in a some fairly heavy rain which couldn't have helped.
    Newton had some fine moments and threw a pretty damn good block on a reverse, but the man is throwing the ball way too hard on pretty much every play. He looked like a rookie with a lot of talent, no surprise there.

    The defense looked solid even without Beason, Davis and Johnson. And Armanti Edwards managed to hold on to the ball and provide a couple of decent returns. All in all, a pretty good night for Panthers fans.

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    It seems like Rivera has that team fired up. Clausen played like crap but at least he showed flashes of being okay. Your defense really impressed me though. Your LBs and DBs showed great fundamentals-low pad level, wraping and driving on tackles-they stopped the Giants RBs on contact which is a tall order when you're talking about the slick Bradshaw and the powerful Jacobs. Definitely be optimistic that this year won't be a collossal failure.
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    Defense looking good again, and if the offense can score a few points and keep the defense off the field a bit, I think the Panthers will humiliate themselves much less this season than last. They may even be moderately watchable. I'll take that.

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    Cam Newton played fine, better than his numbers would indicate. He looked restrained and wasn't trying to do too much. No improvising, no rushing attempts. Hopefully that means he's showing discipline until he has a better understanding of the league, not that the Panthers are trying to turn him into a pure pocket passer, which would be a mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Freeland View Post
    Cam Newton played fine, better than his numbers would indicate. He looked restrained and wasn't trying to do too much. No improvising, no rushing attempts. Hopefully that means he's showing discipline until he has a better understanding of the league, not that the Panthers are trying to turn him into a pure pocket passer, which would be a mistake.
    I thought he looked OK too, except that he seems to be trying to knock down walls with every throw. Mike Rucker said last night that is how Steve Smith's injury occurred. Newton sure did get the fans fired up, as did Armanti Edwards. Heck, there are still folks around here who want Edwards to start at QB.

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