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Thomas’s Tidbits: Panthers win over Jaguars

Ah, football season is upon us. I had to put on long pants and a jacket to take out the dog this morning with the nip in the air. It’s the best time of the year, mainly because I don’t sweat instantly when I step outside like I do during the summer.

Oh, and by the way, the Panthers actually won their season opener over the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road. You wouldn’t know that by listening to local sports talk radio. People are calling in to complain that the Panthers didn’t look great in their win. I guess good isn’t good enough for some people.

Recap

The Panthers trotted-out Ted Ginn and Philly (don’t call him Corey) Brown as their “staring” WRs. The duo combined for 67 yards on 4 catches, none of which were touchdowns, (although Ginn dropped a wide-open would-be touchdown in the first quarter).

The Ancient one, Jericho Cotchery, led the team with 45 yards on four catches.

Carolina couldn’t run the ball effectively but did manage to eclipse 100 yards as a unit. Jonathan Stewart led with 56 yards on 18 attempts.

Defensively, the Panthers bowed-up in the second half after Luke Keuchly left the game with a concussion just before halftime. Despite not playing half the game, the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year finished tied with fellow linebacker Thomas Davis for the most tackles in the game for the Panthers with 7.

While it’s possible Luke plays next week against the Texans, I wouldn’t hold your breath if I were you.

And Josh Norman, just hours after the news broke that long-term contract negotiations had stalled between he and the Panthers, had two game-changing plays to help seal the victory for Carolina. Norman forced and recovered a fumble in the first half, then intercepted a Blake Bortles pass and returned it for a touchdown in the second. Norman is one of the more animated players on the team, and often has to be brought back down to earth by team captain Thomas Davis.

What the National Media thinks of us

So, I recorded this off of my XBox One in a super high-tech way.