Eye of the Panther

September 20, 2009 6:55 PM

Falcons Beat Panthers 28-20

Well, the good news is that the Panthers played a lot better against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2 than they did against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1.

The bad news is that Carolina lost the game anyway.

The game was about what I expected for the most part, with both teams playing well offensively, but playing poorly (at times anyway) on the defensive side of the ball.

A quick glance at the stat sheet confirms that.  The Panthers racked up 440 total yards against the Falcons' defense, while Atlanta rolled up 371 total yards against the Cats' defensive unit.

Jake Delhomme bounced back from his poor performance in the Panthers' season-opening loss to the Eagles by completing 25 of 41 passes for 296 yards and a touchdown, while Steve Smith caught eight passes for 131 yards, and DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart combined for 144 yards rushing and a touchdown for Carolina.

A razor-sharp Matt Ryan completed 21 of 27 passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Falcons to the win, while Tony Gonzalez caught seven passes for 71 yards and a touchdown, and Michael Turner rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown for Atlanta.

The Falcons did a much better job of executing in the red zone than the Panthers did and that was a key factor in Atlanta's win. The Falcons scored four touchdowns in the game, while the Cats were able to put the ball into the endzone on just two occasions.

Still, the Panthers played well enough offensively to win this game.

Their defensive play is another matter, however, and remains a major concern.

You're not going to win many games in the National Football League when you allow 38 and/or 28 points in a game as the Cats have done in Games 1 and 2.

It's time for defensive coordinator Ron Meeks and the Carolina defense to start earning their paychecks...

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