The Carolina Panthers had plenty of reasons to be happy about defeating the New York Jets during week three preseason action. Despite losing Jonathan Stewart to a foot injury, the night went fairly well over all. Cam Newton and the boys came into New York and did what had to be done. As a huge Carolina Panthers fan, it is natural to look for things to feel good about. Here are five of the most obvious ones from the Jets game:
You have to love the Thomas Davis performance
Thomas Davis nailed Mark Sanchez with a beautiful delayed blitz and sack early in the game. The fact that his knee looked solid throughout his time on the field is even more exciting. If the Panthers get a solid quarter of action from Davis this season each week, they will be a force on the defensive side of the ball. It was awesome to see Davis back on the field and doing something he has no business being able to do. Congratulations to him!
Luke Kuechly removed all doubts
Ten tackles in roughly two and a half quarters is pretty decent, right? This guy is insanely good and he is going to be blowing it up all season long for the Panthers. He simply refuses to stop chasing the football.
The Panthers did not back down
There were plenty of reasons to be intimidated as a young football team. They were in New York City, on national television and they did not blink. The Panthers have shown a confidence this season that is encouraging as a football fan. While their bite may not match their swagger yet, it will as the season carries on. The Panthers did not play perfectly, but they did not back down to the surroundings.
The Panthers defense was good enough
If the Carolina Panthers can perform this well on defense throughout the season, they might just make a habit of winning. These guys were bend but don't break all day long and they looked good in doing so. The one area that killed them was Captain Munnerlyn's side of the field. As much as I love him in the nickel, he is not a starting cornerback. He was abused all night.
The Panthers won the game...again
Even though the Carolina Panthers starters won the game for a second straight week against the opposition, they also had their second team players nearly blow those leads. Rather than lose, they bowed their backs and kept the Dolphins and Jets out of the end zone to preserve the victories. Though only preseason, that is a culture change for the Panthers. Those are the exact types of games we lost during the 2011 season. Perhaps the fortunes are changing.
*Southern is a huge Carolina Panthers fan that is convinced that he will see a Super Bowl Trophy in Charlotte within five years.
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