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NFL Week 9 PFF ReFocused: Carolina Panthers 30, Tennessee Titans 20

Christian McCaffrey and Kyle Allen led the Carolina Panthers to a 30-20 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

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Final Score

Carolina Panthers 30, Tennessee Titans 20

Carolina Panthers

Gerald McCoy was everywhere in this game. He made multiple run stops, but those don't even do his effectiveness justice. He constantly forced the Titans' running backs into changing their point of attack thanks to clogging lanes and throwing linemen around. Not to mention his multiple pressures recorded when rushing the passer.

Eric Reid was flying around the field in the run game for the Panthers and ended with double-digit tackles, many of which were defensive stops. Reid added a big forced fumble when the game was still in question and the Titans were driving.

Christian McCaffrey continues to dominate the opposition this season. This was no more evident than on his 58-yard touchdown run. He simply saw the hole, made one cut and then blew right through it and past the entire Titans' defense for essentially the game-clinching touchdown.

McCaffrey might be the star of the Panthers, but Kyle Allen was extremely impressive in this game. He wasn't asked to do too much, but he succeeded in what he was asked to do. He rarely threw short of the sticks, finding space to put the ball downfield and move the chains on key third downs. A few receiver drops hurt his overall numbers, but this was definitely a bounce-back game compared to last week's mess.

Tennessee Titans

Derrick Henry was the best player on the field for the Titans in this game, as the team used him effectively in both the run and pass game. Henry always surprises with his quick cuts for a guy his size and certainly caught a couple of the Panthers' defenders off guard with those moves on his touchdown reception in which he broke multiple tackles.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill wasn't bad in this game, but he wasn't exactly good either. He wasn't able to push the ball down the field early on as the Titans fell down big early. He made some nice throws towards the end of the game but was definitely helped by the prevent coverage by the Panthers.

DaQuan Jones was a beast in the middle of the Titans' defense and really helped contain the Panthers' run game. He made multiple stops by himself as well as assisting his teammates. He also had a batted pass for good measure.

It was a good game for safety Kevin Byard. He didn't rack up a ton of numbers but had a fantastic game. He was all over the place in the run game and forced an incompletion while in coverage. Byard might've had a game-changing play early with a forced a fumble, but it was called back due to penalty.

Cris Collinsworth

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