NFL Top Defenses: Carolina Panthers

If you listen to football pundits and analysts the Carolina Panthers are “the Big Story” in the National Football League (NFL) in the 2015-2016 Season. This squad of young, talented players completed the 2014-2015 Season on a winning streak that has carried over all the way to the midway point of the current season.

Their defense, led by all pro LB Luke Kuechly, that really assures positive results in the final score of many contests.

Their defense, led by all pro LB Luke Kuechly, that really assures positive results in the final score of many contests.

The Panthers rely heavily on the leadership skills and raw athletic ability of franchise quarterback Cam Newton. This young signal caller, now in his third season, has shown that he has a knack for winning football games even when his personal statistics, (completed passes, red zone efficiency and more) have been mediocre.
Newton combines a positive and winning attitude with a penchant for making big plays that lead to wins for his team. Of course, he has help, actually lots of help. That’s because the Panthers have, over the past couple of seasons, drafted wisely and signed affordable free agents to help improve their team defense.
The team’s off-season moves have worked beautifully with the Panthers bringing in veteran defensive end, Jared Allen. Carolina, a team that plays football in the South Division of the National Football Conference (NFC), has a Won-Loss record of 8-0 and leads the second place Atlanta Falcons by two-and-one-half games.
In the team’s eight wins, Cam Newton has utilized a strong passing game to a group of solid receivers to rack up touchdowns that have helped this team to win. He has also used his legs effectively, running for positive yardage when plays break down.
The Panthers produce enough offense to win most games. But it is their defense, led by all pro LB Luke Kuechly, that really assures positive results in the final score of many contests. Carolina’s defense has been solid and effective from the first game of the current season.
Now, after eight games, the Panthers rank eleventh in the league in points allowed, giving up just 20.62 points per game. This squad’s developing defense has been stingy against the run, giving up a paltry 108.38 yards per game, a number that puts it in the top half of all team defenses in the NFL.
Interestingly, and importantly, Atlanta has been able to force turnovers. It averages a hefty 2.25 interceptions and forced fumbles every time it “hits the gridiron.”
Add to that the fact that opponents are netting just two hundred forty-four passing yards per game and just getting 4.79 yards per offensive play and it becomes immediately obvious that the Falcons are now a team that features a tough defense to work alongside its potent and very powerful offense.
The combination is great for the Panthers, lethal for their opponents and one of many reasons why Carolina will be a dangerous team in the postseason.
This team has learned to win consistently. It will definitely help them in January.
Courtesy of ESPN

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