Cam Newton, who threw for 249 yards and one touchdown, played a better game than the box score shows. On numerous occasions, Newton was able to avoid oncoming pressure and make spectacular plays to continue drives. Despite throwing two interceptions, Cam’s performance was a key component in the Panther’s success.
Running Backs: B
While none of the Panther’s running backs had a spectacular game statistically, a joint effort from Jonathan Stewart, DeAngelo Williams, and Mike Tolbert proved to be adequate for Carolina’s success. Stewart, who hadn’t played since last season, tallied 43 rushing yards on nine attempts while catching three passes for 22 yards. Stewart’s presence will definitely help the Panthers going forward.
Wide Receivers: B+
Brandon LaFell, Greg Olsen, and Steve Smith did most of the damage on the receiving game in Sunday’s win. Olsen, who had his best statistical performance since Week 5, caught four passes for 66 yards and a touchdown. Hopefully, Olsen can build upon this performance and contribute to Carolina’s playoff surge.
Offensive Line: B
Overall, the Panther’s offensive line performed well in Sunday’s 34-10 win over Atlanta. While Newton was pressured a number of times throughout the contest, the offensive line only allowed a single sack on the day.
Defensive Line: B+
Despite only recording one sack in Sunday’s win, the Panther’s defensive line played a key part in Carolina’s defensive effort, holding Atlanta to a minimal 78 rushing yards. Next week’s matchup against San Francisco's Frank Gore will be yet another test for the Panther’s defensive line.
Carolina’s linebacking core had yet another fantastic game in yet another Panther’s win. Luke Kuechly was the highlight of the Panther’s defense, recording eight total tackles and an interception.
The Panther’s secondary solidified their dominance against Atlanta, holding Matt Ryan to only 219 passing yards and a single touchdown pass. Unfortunately, Carolina’s secondary will likely be tested against Colin Kaepernick next week in San Francisco.