Sunday, November 16, 2008

Panthers take 14-13 lead

Well, that didn't take long.

DeAngelo Williams just broke off a 56-yard TD run and the Panthers are now up, 14-13, with 2:39 left in the second quarter. It's their first lead of the game as they have previously trailed 7-0, 10-0, 10-7 and 13-7.

But the Panthers have now found their offensive rhythm, and it's almost all run-oriented. Jonathan Stewart had several good runs on the 80-yard drive just before Williams' burst. DeAngelo, with that run, looks well on his way to another 100-yard game and, eventually, just the 3rd 1,000-yard rushing season in Carolina's 14-year history. He's so much better than DeShaun Foster I can't believe the Panthers buried Williams on the bench so often in 2007.

Detroit, however, has had more success against Carolina's defense than you'd expect. The Lions got a 56-yard field goal from Jason Hanson to take a 13-7 lead prior to the Williams TD.

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