The defense answered the call In week seven, the Falcons defense was forced to stand tall against Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions to preserve a win. As we know by now, they did not and the Falcons suffered another last second, disappointing defeat. My main conclusion from that Detroit game was that the defense needs to grow up at some point in life and make plays for an offense that quite often sets the team up for victory.
The Carolina Panthers didn’t run the ball much when they visited the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome this past Sunday, only 12 designed runs in the entire game (basically runs that aren’t scrambles) for a total of 27 yards. While Matt Rule spent most of his time comfortable letting Teddy Bridgewater air the ball out (rightfully I might add), when he tried to run the ball his team was fairly unsuccessful.
Officials rushed to calm Carolina Panthers players after quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was knocked out of Thursday night’s loss by what running back Mike Davis called a “cheap shot" from Atlanta defensive end Charles Harris. It was a markedly different reaction from what the Dallas Cowboys showed last Sunday, when quarterback Andy Dalton was hit by Washington linebacker Jon Bostic, causing a concussion. Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said he was upset about the passive reaction his team showed.