Run CMC delivers special performance as Carolina holds off Jacksonville

In the absence of the Carolina Panthers starting quarterback Cam Newton, running back Christian McCaffrey has stolen the show in the past two wins against Arizona and Houston. Today against Jacksonville, McCaffrey had nineteen carries for 176 yards and three total touchdowns. Backup quarterback, Kyle Allen, added 181 passing yards and a touchdown as the Panthers held off the Jacksonville Jaguars 34-27 at Bank of America Stadium.

“No, you guys just keep pulling out the thesaurus,” said Panthers head coach Ron Rivera when asked about McCaffrey. “There’s a whole bunch of words you can use to describe the way he plays. The amount of energy he plays with — that first drive and the way he finished that first drive was spectacular.”

On the first drive, McCaffrey capped an eight play, 78 yard drive with a five yard touchdown.

On the afternoon, the Panthers ran for 285 yards, fourteen yards away from breaking a team record.

“It’s kind of like this: Defenses call blitzes until you pick them up and we ran the same play until they could stop it,” left guard Greg Van Roten said. “And they didn’t.

“That was a good play for us. I don’t think we thought it was going to be that successful.”

Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II completed 26 of 44 passes on the day for 374 yards and two touchdowns, with a quarterback rating of 101.9.

Teddy gains momentum as Saints beat Bucs

Backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was asked to manage the first three games against the Rams, Seahawks and Cowboys. Today, head coach Sean Payton turned his quarterback loose. Bridgewater had four touchdowns on the afternoon plus 314 passing yards as the New Orleans Saints defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-24 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas had eleven receptions on thirteen targets for 182 yards and two touchdowns. Also Ted Ginn, Jr and Jared Cook each caught touchdowns from Bridgewater.

“Talk about our week of preparation leading up to today, it was a great week,” said Bridgewater. “Coach talked about playing with energy, playing this game off emotion and having tempo. I think we did a good job of doing that today. We’re going to live in this moment.”

The Saints defense held the Buccaneers to 252 total yards while Tampa went 3-of-11 on 3rd down. The Bucs totaled just 104 yards in the first half and had just 179 before the 78-yard scoring drive in the game’s final minute. Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston completed 15-of-24 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns. He was sacked six times.

Up Next

The Carolina Panthers will travel to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in London. Kickoff is 9:30am Eastern time. The New Orleans Saints will go on the road and face the Jacksonville Jaguars at 1:00 P.M. Sunday afternoon. Lastly, the Atlanta Falcons will face the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz with kickoff scheduled for 4:05 P.M. Eastern Time.

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) dives into the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. (AP/Brian Blanco)

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