It’s safe to say that Broncos head coach John Fox enjoyed a nice visit back to Bank of America Stadium, the place he called his head coaching home for nine seasons.
Call it what you will, but Carolina hosted a dance party in week 10. Their offense allowing the Broncos’ defense to have their way with quarterback Cam Newton and Carolina’s rushing attack.
Newton seemingly had no time in the pocket following every snap, resulting in a Broncos dance fest sack after sack or tackle for loss.
At one point in the game it looked like the Broncos’ pass rush was going to knock Newton out of the contest altogether. Newton suffered getting sacked seven times and even endured a safety in the fourth quarter.
It was ugly and the post sack mocking from the Broncos’ defense only added insult to injury for both the Panthers and their fans.
For whatever reason, Carolina wasn’t prepared whatsoever for Denver’s relentless pass rushing attack. It was truly something to behold. The Broncos played lights-out, but from a Panther’s point of view their offensive line was simply out-matched all afternoon long.
Carolina limps away from Sunday’s loss with a 2-7 record and battle scars that tell a broader story of a painful season that once hinged on high expectations.
There is no telling what direction Carolina goes from here. Week 10 served as yet another setback for a Panthers club looking to keep the positive momentum going from their win in week nine.
Robert Kester, Carolina Panthers Columnist. Contact @robertkester1