Panthers vs. Falcons: 3 key matchups

 

Will defensive coordinator Mike Nolan match-up Asante Samuel (center) against Carolina's Steve Smith in man to man coverage?  CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Will defensive coordinator Mike Nolan match-up Asante Samuel (center) against Carolina's Steve Smith in man to man coverage? CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Panthers CB Josh Norman vs. Falcons WRs Julio Jones and Roddy White: Jones and White are both off to great starts. Against the Giants, Norman, a fifth-round pick from Coastal Carolina, gave too much room to Ramses Barden, and his safety help was too deep. The Giants completed 10 of 14 passes for 147 yards on throws of more than 10 yards, according to the website Pro Football Focus. White has 19 catches for 244 yards and a touchdown. Jones has 15 catches for 198 yards and three touchdowns. “We have got to pick it up a little bit more on the offensive side of the ball,” White said. “There’s still a lot of stuff we are leaving out there on the field that I think we can fix that.”

Panthers DE Charles Johnson vs. Falcons OTs Sam Baker and Tyson Clabo: Johnson, who doesn’t have a sack this season, will move around and face both tackles. With 20.5 sacks over the past two seasons, he’s considered one of the cornerstones of the Panthers’ defense. Clabo is battling a hip injury, while Baker has been stout in pass protection this season.

Panthers WR Steve Smith vs. Falcons CB Asante Samuel: Samuel is playing well in coverage and run support. After two down seasons because of quarterback issues, Smith bounced back with a 1,300-yard season in 2011. He has 14 catches for 296 yards in three games. Samuel has blended in well with the Falcons’ defense. “He’s probably the most competitive player in the NFL,” Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan said of Smith. “He’s a very good player.”

9 comments Add your comment

P B Orr

September 28th, 2012
1:51 pm

First! Samuel against Smith is the absolute key – bring safety blitzes from Moore to get in Cam’s grill.

Sean Frazier

September 28th, 2012
1:55 pm

Let’s see what he can do!!!!

Sean Frazier

September 28th, 2012
1:56 pm

Cam won’t have time to go deep on Sunday

Bill

September 28th, 2012
2:51 pm

Well said and written, D.Led.

thejama

September 28th, 2012
3:55 pm

Falcons passing game will put up too many points for Cam & Co to keep up. We are rollin!

JSS

September 28th, 2012
4:17 pm

@ Ledbetter…
What is the word on Jonathan Stewart?

technut

September 28th, 2012
11:19 pm

Agreed: the game plan is to score quick on the first few possessions and make the kitty cats one dimensional; we jump to a 14+ lead, we’re solid.

Esquire

September 30th, 2012
7:35 am

reprinted without permission:

The Panthers are tied for 30th out of 32 teams with a minus-6 turnover ratio. Just two teams have more than their eight turnovers. The Panthers are 0-12 when Newton turns the ball over.

The health of the Carolina Panthers improved throughout the week, but the status of linebackers Jon Beason and Thomas Davis remains up in the air just two days before their Week 4 matchup against Atlanta.

Defensive end Antwan Applewhite (knee) did not participate in practice Friday and is doubtful. Davis (calf) and defensive end Greg Hardy (hand) were full participants and are questionable.

Beason (knee) was limited but practiced for the first time this week and is questionable. If Beason cannot play, Jason Phillips will take his place at middle linebacker.

“Mentally, (Jon) was in it. On Monday, Wednesday, Thursday he stayed in it,” head coach Ron Rivera said. “He was spot on in the limited reps he took (Friday).”

“He is a warrior and he wants to be out on the field as much as possible,” Rivera added. “Sometimes, it’s not always the best thing and that’s a judgment I have to make.”

Running back Jonathan Stewart (toe), cornerback Chris Gamble (shoulder), safety Colin Jones (shoulder) and defensive end Thomas Keiser (tibia) practiced fully on Friday and are probable.

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