Panthers 23 49ers 3: Handing Out the Grades

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The Panthers were looking to start their season off a little better than last year’s beginning and they did just that…big time. The Panthers big names stood up:

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DT Kawann Short, 88.6 overall grade

OG Trai Turner, 88.6 overall grade

LB Thomas Davis, 84.9 overall grade

RB Jonathan Stewart, 82.0 overall grade

LB Luke Kuechly, 82.0 overall grade

The top 5 performances were by five Panthers Pro Bowlers. Player of game just might be this guy:


Short setup shop in the 49ers’ backfield and repeatedly got the better of 49ers’ LG Zane Beadles. His four pressures were combined with stifling work in the ground game that featured two stops. Sterner tasks await Short in the weeks to come but he’s off to a flying start and carried his strong form from last year into 2017.

Yet it wasn’t all roses which if you watched this game you know what I mean. There is no way to make this pretty, QB Cam Newton needs to play better:


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