IN-GAME IMPRESSIONS ... First half:
- Panthers first-quarter offense was efficient and productive. Carolina turned in 10 first downs en route to 106 total yards on 19 plays (two via penalty).
- Helps that average start during first quarter for Carolina was its own 34-yard line.
- Kyle Allen looks more comfortable in Norv Turner's offense with each snap. He targeted six different players while connecting on 8 of 12 attempts for 67 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter.
- Panthers figuring out ways to get Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel extra touches. Both active in passing and ground games. That includes a shovel pass to Samuel for 18 yards that looked more like a jet sweep.
- Jaguars seemed insistent on establishing ground game, but it apparently paid off. Minchew able to exploit gaps between linebackers and safeties. That was especially true midway through second quarter during a drive that began on the Jags' own 17-yard line and ended with an 11-yard TD pass to DJ Chark. That made it 21-14 Panthers with 6:02 left.
- 3:05 left in the first half ... and Greg Olsen received only his second target today. Both have been incomplete passes.
- Highlight of the first half per @panthers ... <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We can't stop watching this 👀 <a href="https://t.co/ab0UgoseS4">pic.twitter.com/ab0UgoseS4</a></p>— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) <a href="https://twitter.com/Panthers/status/1180900215043297288?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 6, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Second half ...
- Carolina struggling to put Jacksonville away. Offensively, Panthers make a big play and then lose steam as the drive evaporate. Meanwhile, the Jags keep jugging. Example: After Leonard Fournette scores on a 1-yard TD run, Carolina begins its next drive on its 25 with 10:27 left in third quarter. The Panthers get to the Jacksonville 28 thanks to a combination of big plays to McCaffrey and Jags penalties before stalling. Slye then missed a field goal as Carolina came away with nothing.
- The Panthers just took over with 5:52 left in the game and Greg Olsen has had two balls thrown his way, neither was complete. It's part of a downward trend to start the season. He was targeted nine times in season-opening losses to the Rams and Buccaneers, seven in a win at Cardinals and four during last week's victory at the Texans.
- Carolina defense stepped up when it was needed, forcing Minchew to fumble with 2:19 remaining and Jacksonville making progress down 34-27. Burns forced the fumble with Haynes recovering, giving Carolina the ball at its own 45 with 2:19 remaining. Bonnafon then took next snap 18 yards to Jags' 37.
- Carolina wins 34-27. Panthers rush for 285 yards -- only 14 off of team record. Most notably they did it on 27 carries for a 10.5-yard average.