Here's a smattering of stats involving the Carolina Panthers after the Week 1 games have concluded (and here's my link to today's column, comparing the Panthers' Week 1 performance to the bad old days of 2010 under Jimmy Clausen):
-- OFFENSE. A mostly sad story. The Panthers are dead last in the NFL in rushing yardage (10 per game) after finishing third in the same category a year ago. They are tied for last with Miami in points per game (also 10 per game).
Cam Newton is 20th in passing efficiency (83.3), dragged down by his two interceptions Sunday despite his 303 passing yards (tied for eighth). Washington's Robert Griffin III is a a surprising first -- he had a debut that was pretty close to perfect. Former N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson, a rookie who like Griffin started his first NFL game but lost, is 27th.
-- DEFENSE. Carolina is surprisingly good -- tied for fifth with Oakland -- in yards allowed per game (258). The Panthers did not generate any turnovers, however. This week's opponent, New Orleans, gave up more yards than anyone in the NFL last week. They allowed 464 in a 40-32 loss to Washington.
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