Week 15: Carolina Panthers 30, New York Jets 20- Post Game Thoughts

The Panthers pick up their tenth win of the season at home over the Jets and now pull even in the NFC South with the Saints (given New Orleans’ recent loss to St. Louis).  The defense played pretty well and was highlighted by a strong showing from Captain Munnerlyn.  Munnerlyn recorded two sacks and a pick-six in this game for the Panthers.  This pick-six is the fourth one that Geno Smith has thrown this season, by the way.  Cam Newton was pretty efficient throwing the ball in this one, as he played his best game since the team defeated the Patriots a few weeks back.  He hit 16 of his 24 passes (with one of them being a 76-yard touchdown on a screen pass to DeAngelo Williams) and was not intercepted.  The Jets did a nice job running the ball in this game in their own right.  The team carried it 28 times for 157 yards (5.6 yards per carry).  Sheldon Richardson, the defensive tackle, actually recorded a rushing touchdown in this game.  Talk about being versatile!  Geno Smith did not play horribly, but once again, he didn’t do anything special to help his team win the game.  Now the Jets are cooked in terms of the playoff race, and they will get to see teams like these Panthers compete from their couches this January.  Oh yeah, and don’t look now but the NFC South is up for grabs next week when the Saints and Panthers play once again.  The winner of this game will almost certainly take home the division crown.  How is that for a Week 16 primer?  That one should be fun.

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