It seems that the undefeated Carolina Panthers are the Rodney Dangerfield of the National Football League. They certainly didn’t get any respect when Las Vegas odds makers made them the underdog against the Green Bay Packers even though they were undefeated and playing at home. Well, maybe now they will get the respect they deserve.
QB Cam Newton had an MVP type performance as he led the Carolina Panthers over the Green Bay Packers.
Newton contributed 297 yards passing to the Panthers’ total offense of 427 yards. He also threw for three touchdowns and ran for another. This marked the third time in his career that he has achieved the feat since week six of the 2013 season against the Minnesota Vikings. The rushing touchdown was his 38th of his career, tying him for second place all-time among quarterbacks with Kordell Stewart. Only Steve Young with 43 rushing touchdowns is better. Newton finished the day with a passer rating of 104.4.
The Panthers outscored the Packers 24-0 in the second period and led 27-7 at halftime. A 59-yard pass from Newton to wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery set up the Panthers’ first score. A 52-yard throw to Devin Funchess set up a 7-yard touchdown toss to tight end Greg Olsen. Newton also hit Philly Brown with a 39-yard TD toss.
Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers performed better than Newton in the loss. He threw for 369 yards and four touchdowns. However, he was sacked five times. The Panthers led by 23 points in the fourth quarter before Rodgers rallied the Pack and almost forced the game into overtime.
First he hit James Starks with a 29-yard TD pass and was successful on a two-point conversion with a toss to Davante Adams. Later he hit James Jones for a 36-yard completion and capped off that drive with a 3-yard pass to Richard Rodgers making the score 37-29.
The Packers intercepted a Newton pass with 3:38 remaining that gave them the ball on the Panthers 22. However, linebacker Thomas Davis was able to secure the victory for the Panthers with an interception on a fourth-and-goal pass at the Panthers 4-yard line. PANTHERS 37 PACKERS 29
The up and down New Orleans Saints were down in week nine as they lost to the Tennessee Titans. It was Titans’ interim head coach Make Mularkey’s first game after taking over for the fired Ken Whisenhunt. It was the Titans’ second win of the season.
The Saints were on a three-game winning streak and had a 21-10 lead at one point in the game, but they couldn’t close out the Titans.
Titans’ rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota returned to play after sitting out two games due to a knee sprain. He completed 28 passes on 39 attempts for a personal-best 371 yards and four touchdowns. Wide Receiver Delanie Walker caught two of the four scores and finished with seven catches for 95 yards. Mariota now has 13 touchdowns, the most ever by a Titans’ rookie.
Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees was 28 for 39 for 387 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for another TD, was sacked three times and was intercepted on a pass into the end zone.
Both teams had an opportunity to win the game in the last two minutes of regulation, but Titans’ kicker Ryan Succop hit the cross-bar on a 55-yard field goal attempt and Saints’ kicker Kai Forbath had a 46-yard field goal attempt blocked. TITANS 34 SAINTS 28
Blaine Gabbert replaced Colin Kaepernick at quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers and led them to a win over the Atlanta Falcons.
It was Gabbert’s first start for the 49ers. He had been a first round pick for the Jacksonville Jaguars and had not started in more than two years. He used a quick-release to avoid being sacked. He finished with 15 completions on 25 attempts for 185 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan completed 30 passes on 45 attempts for 303 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked twice.
Julio Jones caught 10 passes for 137 yards and he has already collected more than 1,000 yards for the season. It is the second straight year he has achieved the feat.
The 49ers were able to keep Falcons’ star running back Devonta Freeman in check. He gained only 12 yards on 12 carries.
The 49ers gained a total of 133 rushing yards with Shaun Draughn gaining 58, Gabbert collecting 32, and Kendall Gaskins rushing for 20 yards.
It was the Falcons third loss in the last four games after starting 5-0. 49ERS 17 FALCONS 16
Eli Manning threw first-half touchdowns to Rueben Randle, Shane Vereen and Odell Beckham Jr. to lead the New York Giants over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The return of Giants defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul helped generate some pressure on Buccaneers’ quarterback Jameis Winston. Tampa scored their only touchdown on Winston’s 10-yard run with 9:25 remaining in the game. He completed 19 passes on 36 attempts for 247 yards. He has not given up a turnover for four consecutive games.
Buccaneers’ wide receiver Mike Evans caught eight passes for 152 yards.
Giants’ kicker Josh Brown booted four field goals including kicks of 53-yards and 44-yards.
Manning finished with 26 completions on 40 attempts for 213 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
The Buccaneers rushed for a total of 136 yards with Charles Sims gaining 78 on eight carries; Doug Martin collected 31 yards on 11 carries; and Winston rushed for 24 yards on three carries. He also completed 19 passes on 36 attempts for 249 yards.
The Giants garnered a total of 114 yards rushing. Rashad Jennings gained 48 yards on 13 carries; Andre Williams got 30 yards on seven carries; and Orleans Darkwa gathered 23 yards on six carries.
Beckham caught nine passes for 105 yards; Rueben Randle caught 5 for 40 yards and a touchdown and Shane Vareen caught four passes for 29 yards and a touchdown. GIANTS 32 BUCCANEERS 18
NFC SOUTH STANDINGS Overall Division
CAROLINA PANTHERS 8-0 2-0
ATLANTA FALCONS 6-3 0-2
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 4-5 1-2
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 3-5 2-1
NFC SOUTH SCHEDULE
PANTHERS @ TITANS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2015
COWBOYS @ BUCCANEERS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2015
SAINTS@ REDSKINS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2015