Saturday, August 9, 2008

Notes From Carolina Panthers/Indianapolis Colts Game

Just a few notes from the preseason game tonight where the Carolina Panthers defeated the Indianapolis Colts 23-20 with a 46 yard field goal by kicker John Kasay with 3:53 remaining in overtime after a bad snap with 1 second left in regulation and a missed 51 yarder earlier in the overtime session. I did not get to see it all due to family commitments but did get to watch most of the second half and it feels so good to see the Panthers back out on the field.

Former Orange (Syracuse) Notes:

Dwight Freeney did not play
Marvin Harrison had 3 receptions for 22 yards for the Indianapolis Colts
Joe Fields had an interception for the Carolina Panthers tonight, picking off Quinn Gray with 9:39 remaining in the 4th quarter on a pass thrown slightly behind the receiver
Mike Hart though not a former Orange, a former Syracuse standout high school player trying to make the Colts roster contributed 2 catches for 21 yards and 2 carries for 20 yards.

Carolina Panther Notes:

Julius Peppers had 1 tackle, 1 sack, and one forced fumble and gave his critics a bit of proof of what could possibly be a great season for him again this year and earn that big contract he wants if he can extent that impressive pressure throughout the regular season.
Dwayne Jarrett has 3 catches for 43 yards to show that maybe he does deserve a shot at the number 4 receiver though can he do it for more then one game is the question.
DeAngelo Williams rushed 9 times for 55 yards and 2 touchdowns which proves that maybe releasing Deshaun Foster was not such a bad idea, especially if rookie Jonathan Stewart is healthy enough to help contribute, though DeCori Birmingham put up an impressive 17 carries for 70 yards.

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