NFL Week 12 Game Recap: Carolina Panthers 23, Denver Broncos 10

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver DJ Moore (2) makes the initial scoring catch defended by Denver Broncos cornerback Pat Surtain II (2) during the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos‘ 2022 season hit a new low on Sunday when they lost 23-10 to a Carolina Panthers team down to its third starting quarterback.

The play on the field was bad, and frustration even appeared to boil over on the sideline when Broncos defensive tackle Mike Purcell got in the face of quarterback Russell Wilson.

The 3-8 Broncos are currently in last place in the AFC West before the result of Sunday’s RaidersSeahawks game is known.

Offensive spotlight: On first review, Panthers wide receiver D.J. Moore was the game’s highest-graded player after hauling in four catches on six targets for 103 yards with a touchdown from QB Sam Darnold. It was just Moore’s second 100-yard performance of the season.

Moor has been at his best over the last two years with Darnold at QB. In Sunday’s game, he picked up first downs on all four receptions and posted three contested catches and three explosive plays.

Defensive spotlight: Panthers edge defender Brian Burns now has a career-high 10 sacks this season after registering two sacks, one QB hit and three hurries in Sunday’s win over the Broncos.

Rookie spotlight: Panthers rookie left tackle Ikem Ekwonu allowed just one hurry on 20 pass-block snaps. The sixth overall pick has been improving as a pass-blocker all season.

Offensive line spotlight: Offensive line play was key in Sunday’s contest. The Panthers let up just five total pressures and zero sacks, while the Broncos’ offensive line gave up 15 total pressures, including two sacks. Veteran right tackle Cameron Fleming yielded one sack and three hurries for Denver.

Box Score

Passing
Denver Broncos
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Russell Wilson 9.5 19 / 35 142 4.1 1 0 3 73.8
Carolina Panthers
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Sam Darnold 16.9 11 / 19 164 8.6 1 0 0 103.8
Rushing
Denver Broncos
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Latavius Murray 10.8 13 92 7.1 0 52 0
Kendall Hinton 9.8 1 13 13.0 0 13 0
Russell Wilson 9.5 2 8 4.0 0 6 1
Marlon Mack 2.2 2 7 3.5 0 7 0
Montrell Washington 0.8 1 1 1.0 0 1 0
Carolina Panthers
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Sam Darnold 16.9 3 3 1.0 1 2 0
D'Onta Foreman 14.3 24 113 4.7 0 18 0
Chuba Hubbard 6.5 17 65 3.8 0 12 0
Laviska Shenault Jr. 4.1 1 2 2.0 0 2 0
Sean Chandler 0.2 1 2 2.0 0 2 0
Receiving
Denver Broncos
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Courtland Sutton 13.5 8 6 75 9.4 0 22
Latavius Murray 10.8 1 1 6 6.0 0 6
Kendall Hinton 9.8 9 5 35 3.9 0 14
Brandon Johnson 9.0 4 2 10 2.5 1 9
Greg Dulcich 3.1 3 2 11 3.7 0 9
Marlon Mack 2.2 1 1 5 5.0 0 5
Devine Ozigbo 1.3 1 1 3 3.0 0 3
Montrell Washington 0.8 3 1 -3 -1.0 0 -3
Jalen Virgil -1.0 2 0 0 0.0 0 0
Carolina Panthers
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
DJ Moore 23.3 6 4 103 17.2 1 52
Ian Thomas 4.1 2 2 21 10.5 0 15
Laviska Shenault Jr. 4.1 2 2 19 9.5 0 14
Terrace Marshall Jr. 1.8 3 1 8 2.7 0 8
Tommy Tremble 1.2 2 1 2 1.0 0 2
Raheem Blackshear 1.1 2 1 11 5.5 0 11

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