3 things I liked and 2 I didn’t in Carolina's 15-7 preseason win over Tennessee Saturday:
The Panthers just finished off their first preseason victory of the season, beating Tennessee 15-7 Saturday night at Bank of America Stadium. Here are the 3 things I liked most and the 2 I liked least.
What I liked most:
1. The Panthers’ pass rush. Defensive coordinator Ron Meeks has worked some magic with this group so far. After seven sacks Saturday night, the Panthers have 18 in three preseason games – and it’s all been by committee. No single Panther has more than three sacks (Greg Hardy, Everette Brown and Eric Moore are each tied for the team lead with three apiece).
2. Jason Baker’s 76-yard punt. Hey, in a 0-0 first half, you have to take entertainment where you can find it.
3. Mike Goodson’s sizzle. Not only did the second-year running back have a 91-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter which he seemed to be stopped, got everyone to relax and then burst for a TD, but he also had a 27-yard rush and an 18-yard gain on a screen. He also got dehydrated after all that and cramped up on the sideline, but he’s fine.
What I liked least:
1. Three games, zero offensive touchdowns. The Panthers seemed to knock on the door throughout the second half Saturday and still could never dent the end zone with their offense. They have two TDs this preseason -- one on defense, one on special teams.
2. Penalties. Carolina had 11 for 95 yards, which is really bad. On the most notable sequence, the Panthers got three straight false-start penalties on three different offensive linemen in the fourth quarter to turn a third-and-2 into a third-and-17. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.