[NFL] Week 1: The usual Niners, the usual defense of Carolina (Carolina Panthers vs San Francisco 49ers 23-3)
There were all the premises for a good start to the season by the niners: a team completely renewed, a new coach, a Carolina back from a bad season and with Cam Newton still visibly limping due to a shoulder injury suffered last season. However, things did not go as the fans of the bay as they hoped.
The two defenses have initially dominated the match until the sack with its fumble by Hoyer caused by Horton has not given us an excellent position to Cam Newton and his Panthers. On the next drive the ankle injury, the rookie linebacker Reuben Foster (which seems to be less serious than expected) and the lack of coverage of the safety Jaquisky Tartt on the touchdown to Russell Shepard have completely shifted the inertia of the race from the side of the Panthers.
From then on, each drive of San Francisco was the photocopy of the previous one: good run Carlos Hyde, sack, and the non-conversion of third down 2-11 at the end of the game) with its point of Pinion.
From Carolina has a good defense that's dominant against the line the offensive of the niners (especially against guard Zane Beadles) who has practically made Bryan Hoyer (grounded for 4 times and also intercepted by Luke Kuechly), even if he has slightly suffered on the races of Hyde. You are well behaved, even the two play cornerback Worley and Bradberry on which there are many doubts because of their lackluster rookie season.
The note sweet and sour comes from Cam Newton: the nfl former Auburn starts to hurt, scored a touchdown to Shepard, but it is missing two pretty easy for a former MVP as him (one on tight end Greg Olsen and one on the other and tight end Ed Dickson). Moreover, throws an interception to Jaquisky Tartt, which takes great athleticism going to remove the ball from the hands of Kelvin Benjamin and intercettandolo with one hand: hands down the highlights of the game. The sweet note comes in the shot where it certainly is not the world, but manages a good game and seems to find its rhythm, helped by the pass rush of San Francisco completely absent from the game, scored the touchdown to Stewart that practically seals the deal.
Chapter McCaffrey: the rookie from Stanford is much ridden by the attack of Shula, as much as 18 touches for 85 yards in total. Not bad as a debut, it will definitely be more and more integrated with the advance of the season, but it seems that the Panthers have taken the ideal complement to Stewart.
The game as a whole was not very spectacular, indeed, but it closes as many expected a clear victory of Carolina 23-3.
Cam Newton – 14/25 for 171 yards,2 touchdowns, an interception and a 87.3 rating: good, but not very well, certainly the shoulder injury will have affected his game.
Bryan Hoyer – 24/35 for 193 yards, an interception and a 70.3 rating: not a great debut for sure, but with those guards, it's hard to do better.
Jonathan Stewart and Christian McCaffrey – 31 rushed for 112 yards in total, 7 receptions for 55 yards total and a touchdown: great match, the duo of running backs in Carolina that also have well-compensated for the lack of production of the receivers.
Pierre Garçon – 6 receptions for 81 yards in a solid game for the receiver former Redskins.
Carlos Hyde – 9 runs for 45 yards and 6 receptions for 32 yards on paper is a great race, the problem is that it has been little used by Shanahan.
Leading the defensive Thomas Davis (7 tackles and a sack) and Jaquisky Tartt (7 tackles and an interception).
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