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NFL Week 10 Game Recap: Carolina Panthers 34, Arizona Cardinals 10

Glendale, Arizona, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) runs for a touchdown past Arizona Cardinals linebacker Zaven Collins (25) and linebacker Markus Golden (44) in the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Network

It was a blowout in the desert, as the Carolina Panthers went into Arizona and handed the Cardinals an embarrassing 34-10 loss.

PJ Walker started for the Panthers at quarterback, but Cam Newton still came in to score a rushing and passing touchdown. Kyler Murray was out once again for the Cardinals, but the Colt McCoy magic seems to have run out, as the injured McCoy gave way to Chris Streveler after the score was already out of hand.

The Panthers will host the Washington Football Team next week while the Cards have a tough divisional game in Seattle to deal with in a week.

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Carolina Panthers


Newton carried the ball twice for six yards and a touchdown while throwing for eight yards on four attempts.

Walker completed just under 75% of his passes for 157 yards. The former XFL standout did not throw a ball beyond 20 yards downfield and recorded an average time to throw of 2.1 seconds. 

PJ Walker by Target Depth
Target Depth Completions Attempts Yards
Behind LOS 4 5 19
0-9 Yards 15 17 122
10-19 Yards 1 3 16
20+ Yards 0 0 0
Running Backs

Christian McCaffrey was fed the rock as often as possible, recording 13 carries and 10 targets. He finished with 95 yards on his 13 carries, with 48 coming after contact.

The Panthers' star back forced five missed tackles and ripped off seven explosive runs of 10 or more yards. He also caught all 10 of his targets for 66 yards, with 42 of them coming after the catch.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

DJ. Moore and Robby Anderson were the most targeted receivers with seven and five targets, respectively. They each caught four balls for limited yardage. Moore gained 24 yards, while Anderson gained 37.

Offensive Line

The quick passing game sheltered the offensive line. They allowed zero sacks and only four pressures. Pat Elflein, the only player with multiple pressures allowed, gave up two pressures.

Defensive Line

Haason Reddick continued his stellar play with 1.5 sacks and four pressures. He shared one sack with Morgan Fox. Marquis Haynes also had three pressures.


Jermaine Carter and Shaq Thompson each had two defensive stops against the run. Thompson added a sack on Colt McCoy and a forced incompletion against the pass.


Donte Jackson came down with an interception and allowed only one catch on three targets. No player allowed more than 20 yards in coverage. Myles Hartsfield allowed four catches on six targets but for only 14 yards.

Arizona Cardinals


McCoy was under pressure from the first snap, facing pressure on nine of his 23 dropbacks. Streveler faced pressure on three of his 12 dropbacks.

McCoy Under Pressure
Completions Attempts Yards TD:INT Sacks
Clean Pocket 9 13 99 0:0 0
Under Pressure 2 7 9 0:1 2
Running Backs

The Cardinals couldn’t run the ball either, with the team averaging just 0.9 yards before contact per rush. James Conner scored his league-leading 12th touchdown of the season, but he produced just 39 yards on 10 carries, with 24 of them coming after contact.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

No player managed to average more than 2.00 yards per route run, but Christian Kirk was the closest at 1.74. Zach Ertz was second at 1.59, and no other receiver was even above 1.0.

Offensive Line

The line was responsible for only one sack, which was charged to D.J. Humphries. Each starter allowed at least one pressure, while Josh Jones’ two led the team.

Defensive Line

The Cardinals' defensive line showed up against the run, with 15 defensive stops combined and six tackles for loss or no gain. Zach Allen had four stops and two tackles for loss himself, with Jordan Phillips tagging along with three stops.


Jordan Hicks was targeted five times and gave up four catches for just 14 total yards and no first downs. Isaiah Simmons allowed two first downs on four catches.


Jalen Thompson had the team's lone interception, and Byron Murphy Jr. was the most targeted player. Murphy allowed only three catches on five targets for 20 yards and a first down.

Marco Wilson allowed all three of his catches in coverage to go for first downs but for just 28 yards total.

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