Carolina Panthers’ Unsung Defensive Breakout Performances In Week 6
The Carolina Panthers got their second win of the 2013 NFL season against the Minnesota Vikings. The Panthers played a great game on both sides of the ball. Quarterback Cam Newton really took control of the offense and led them to scoring 35 points. The defense also played great, holding the Vikings to only 10 points.
The Vikings had the longest active streak in the NFL of eight consecutive games with a touchdown in the first quarter. The Panthers had the longest active streak of preventing teams from scoring a touchdown in the first quarter of the game. The Panthers continued their streak as they didn’t let the Vikings score until the second quarter. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter the Vikings got a touchdown.
Two defensive players really stepped up in this weeks game and made a huge difference in the outcome. The first player is linebacker Thomas Davis. He played like an animal, always surrounding the ball carrier. He finished the game with nine total tackles, two sacks, and one pass deflection. Two of his tackles were for a loss.
Davis and his teammates were able to keep the Vikings under 80 yards total rushing. Adrian Peterson had a lot on his mind and that definitely affected his performance. However, you can’t deny that the Panthers played solid defense. Davis was disrupting the Vikings’ offense, causing them to get frustrated and lose focus.
Another defensive player that stepped up and had a breakout game was safety Mike Mitchell. He really stepped up for the secondary that has been plagued with injury. Mitchell finished second for the Panthers in tackles with seven. He also recorded one sack and the only two interceptions of the game. Peterson is one of the hardest running backs to tackle, and Mitchell made great open-field tackles that prevented a touchdown twice. He stepped up as a leader and caused problems for the Vikings in the pass game.
Mitchell and Davis took control of the game on defense. They looked great and played well. Mitchell’s interception in the first quarter really silenced the stadium. The rest of Panthers team played off their hype, continued the momentum and ran away with the score. It was a great team effort. However, Davis and Mitchell deserve extra praise for their outstanding performances on defense in this week’s win.