Saturday, 21 September, 2019

Christian McCaffrey takes direct snap to score Panthers first TD of 2019

5 interesting stats from Rams Week 1 win Cory Littleton makes history 5 interesting stats from Rams Week 1 win Cory Littleton makes history
Cary Erickson | 10 September, 2019, 20:46

Weddle, 34, is in his first season with the Rams after spending the previous three with the Ravens. Coach Sean McVay held him out of offseason workouts and Gurley practiced every other day during training camp. He missed the final two games previous year and still threw for 3,395 yards (completing 67.9 percent of his passes) with 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. The Los Angeles Rams finished previous year ranked second in offensive yards per game and points per game.

McVay insisted the running back rotation plan was predetermined, that the Rams do not have a two-running back system and that Brown got the bulk of red-zone carries due to how the game panned out. He was also targeted five times and caught the ball four times for 20 yards.

McCaffrey rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns in 19 carries.

But the Rams answered with a 13-play, 75-yard drive that Brown capped with a one-yard touchdown run.

Newton completed 25 of 38 passes for 239 yards, but had a costly backward pass that resulted in a fumble deep in Carolina territory leading to a Rams touchdown.

Bills QB Josh Allen shakes off turnovers, leads comeback vs. Jets
With three minutes left, Allen under-threw a pass down the sideline looking for Brown, who came back on the ball to make the play. While the drive stalled after that, Stephen Hauschka drilled a 43-yard field goal to finally get the Bills on the board.

It was a rough day for Panthers quarterback Newton, playing in his first regular-season game since December 17, when a lingering shoulder injury forced him to the sideline.

Weddle was forced to exit in the second quarter of the game after he took a flying knee to the head from Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey. The under is 4-1 in Panthers last 5 games overall.

Slye drilled a 52-yard field goal on the following Panthers possession, putting the Panthers behind 23-13 going into the final quarter. The Panthers couldn't capitalize and had to punt after going three plays without a first down.

That gave Newton and McCaffrey another chance, and the Panthers pulled to within 30-27 with 1:58 left on Alex Armah's dive for a touchdown. The under is 4-0 in Rams last 4 road games.

The Panthers have a quick turnaround to make, as they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday night at Bank of America Stadium.