The Panthers just went down 14-0 in their preseason game against Pittsburgh, and the way they did it was disturbing.
OK, let's set the scene. It's already 7-0, Pittsburgh, midway through the first quarter. The Steelers get the ball at Carolina's 35 because Panther QB Josh McCown gets stripped on a pass play and fumbles it away.
So Pittsburgh puts all its second-stringers in on offense, and Carolina KEEPS all its first-stringers in on defense. Mismatch, right?
And it was -- in Pittsburgh's favor. The Steelers slammed the ball into the end zone, with the final 10 yards coming on Isaac Redman's 10-yard run in which he broke or ran through five attempted Panther tackles (including Chris Harris and Julius Peppers).
The Panthers first-string offense can only watch this. It's already been retired, with 8:36 left in the first quarter, after two possessions and one first down. Not much of a night so far unless you're a Steelers fan, and there are a ton of them here.