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Los Angeles Rams 30, Carolina Panthers 27
The Rams’ passing game started off hot, but it struggled down the stretch and that ultimately kept the Panthers in the game. Jared Goff seemed to struggle under pressure as he missed a number of open targets when his protection collapsed.
This was a tale of two halves for the offensive line. The first half was a huge struggle, especially for center Brian Allen and right tackle Rob Havenstein, but the zone-running game settled them down in the second half as the team’s running back committee took advantage of cutback lanes.
It was a rough day for Cam Newton, who struggled with his accuracy all day. He regularly overthrew and threw behind his receivers when he could have easily picked up a first down with an accurate throw.
Christian McCaffery was by far the best player on the Panthers’ offense. He showed great ability on the ground, gaining extra yards through contact as well as making defenders miss. He was also a valuable weapon in the receiving game and made plays both out of the backfield and from out wide.
The Panthers have a formidable defensive line, and they were able to take advantage of the depth in this one. First-round pick Brian Burns notched a number of wins as a pass-rusher as the Rams struggled with his speed off the edge.