PFF numbers on the Carolina Panthers
Top 3 Performers on Offense
1. Jordan Gross-OL 17.8
The highest ranked tackle that the 49ers have faced all season thus far. Terrific pass blocker, strong run blocker, all around outstanding offensive lineman.
2. Cam Newton 11.6
Self-explanatory, Cam is gonna Cam, big physical QB with a strong arm, prone to some questionable judgment at times, vary dangerous scrambler.
3. Ryan Kalil-OT 7.5
Another outstanding offensive lineman, very strong run-blocker especially.
Worst 3 Performers on Offense
1. Chris Scott-OL
-9.9 The weak link in Carolina's OL, horrendous run blocker, average as a pass blocker.**(Has a knee injury that may keep him out of the game).
2. Byron Bell-OL
-0.2 Has played average so far this season, struggles as a run blocker, pretty good as a pass blocker.
3. Brandon LaFell WR
-0.2 Mostly disappointing wide receiver, has had some decent games but has a tendency to disappear for whole games.
Top 3 Performers on Defense
1. Star Lotulelei-DT 13.4
Rookie DT has been a difference maker for the Panthers defense,has been highly effective in stopping the run.
2. Greg Hardy-DL 9.4
Very effective all around, good at rushing the passer and stuffing the run.
3. Charles Johnson-DL 5.4
Very explosive, athletic pass rusher, struggles in stopping the run however.
Worst 3 Performers on Defense
They honestly don't have any, their entire defense has been very good, most of the guys who rank the lowest have played very low amounts of snaps, their regular defensive performers are all doing well up to this point, very underrated tough, smart defense.
Carolina Panthers Overall Rankings
Overall Passing Offense-14th
Overall Rushing Offense-3rd
Overall Defense Ranked 9th
Overall Run Defense-Ranked 20th
Overall Pass Defense-Ranked 4th
Overall Pass Rush-Ranked 16th
Special Teams-Ranked 27th Overall.
Overall this is a very dangerous team, they might even be better than New Orleans, top to bottom, they have an exceptional defense that is solid throughout with no real weaknesses. They've scored 30 points in 5 of their games, they have an underrated offense that can be potentially explosive, their running game has struggled at times this season although with Cam Newton they have the added dimension of being able to rack up yards on the ground through scrambles. They have only given up over 100 yards rushing once this season, their DL is extremely formidable and their LB's are led by Luke Kuechly, just an all-around terrific defense combined with some timely offense, this team will be a handful for the 49ers to deal with.
Their turnover differential is +6, putting them just ahead of the 49ers. Carolina has been giving up an average of 13.7 ppg, which is 2nd in the NFL, at the same time they've been scoring about 25 points a game, so a very tough team, 49ers better bring their A game, if they come out somewhat flat-footed, this is the type of team that could put them in a double digit deficit pretty damn quickly.
A major key is to get pressure on Newton regularly. The Cardinals so far are the only ones who really took it to Carolina and they ended up with 7 sacks and 3 INT's in that game. Cam Newton's passer rating drops almost 30 points when he is blitzed. When he isn't blitzed, his QB rating is 104, when he is, its 77, all in all, he's been playing very well for much of this season. Other than the Cards game, he has been stellar.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Nov 4, 2013 at 2:17 AM ]