Cards fought a good fight in their loss to the. Ravens. Panthers were comingoff a 20 -24 loss to Tampa Bay and forced to start backup QB Kyle Allen in place of Cam Newton
Backup QB / "Cardinal Killers" Shred Cards
The Bottom Line:
This was to be a legitimate test of how good the Cardinals were as a football team. (Answer - not very good). Carolina questions going into this game centered around "Was rookie QB Kyle Allen the real deal and - would Carolina nemises TE Greg Olsen and RB Christian McCaffery return to plague the Cardinals?
Answers: Yes Yes and Yes.
Allen threw for 4 TD's. Olsen caught 6 passes for 75 yards and 2 TD's. MCCaffery gained 153 yards on 24 carries, including a 76-yard TD run.
Cards scored first and led 7-0 at the end of the 1st quarter, but things gradually went south, with Carolina grabbing a 14 -10 halftime lead and expanded it to 28 - 20 at the end of the 3rd quarter before coasting to a 38 - 20 laugher.
We've had trouble locating play-by-play logs worth posting here so please bear with us. When we find it, we'll post it here.
TD - D Johnson - 3 yd pass from Murray - Cards 17 - Panthers 14
TD Olsen - 3 yd pass from Allen - Panthers 21 -Cards 17
FG Gonzalez - 47 yds - Panthers 21 - Cards 20
TD - McCaffery -76 yd run - Panthers 28 - Cards 20
- Third Quarter Score: Panthers 28 - Cards 20
The degree to which we left guys we knew could beat us....wide open without making necessary adjustmenets tells us everything. we lined up off the ball, we covered loose and then we couldn't catch up to their guys in the open field. Is it the talent? Is it the position coaching?
Whatever it was....it was an embarrassment.