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Kyle Allen did a tremendous job filling in for Cam Newton, completing 19-of-26 passes for 261 yards and four touchdowns. He did fumble twice, but he didn't throw any interceptions and never really even came close to it.
Christian McCaffrey came up big when the Panthers needed him, as it was huge 76-yard touchdown that really changed this game. McCaffrey was dynamic throughout this entire contest, playing physical while also making guys miss with his agility and speed.
Donte Jackson had one bad bust in coverage in the game, but other than that, he made a number of great plays on the ball including two interceptions. The second interception he baited Kyler Murray into throwing the hole shot, which sealed the game for the Panthers.
Greg Little should finish reviews as one of Carolina's highest-graded players. He turned in a strong performance in both pass protection and as a run-blocker. Burns was also outstanding rushing off the edge.
Chandler Jones was a force as a pass-rusher, as he finished with two strip-sacks of Kyle Allen, both coming off of sick outside moves. Jones also made a few nice plays in the run game. but he really was dominant rushing the passer.
It was a rough go of it for safety D.J. Swearinger. While he did finish with five tackles, he was beaten in coverage throughout the game and swallowed up in the run game often, as well.
Kyler Murray struggled to get into a rhythm in the pocket outside of the quick passing game. Anytime he tried to throw downfield, he had to scramble around to buy time. He forced a couple of throws into tight coverage which resulted in interceptions. Most of the accurate throws he made downfield resulted in dropped passes by his wide receivers.
The Cardinals' offensive line really struggled in pass protection in this game. Both tackles, Jordan Mills and DJ Humphries, had a tough time keeping Brian Burns and Christian Miller away from Kyler Murray.