Week 10 Game Recap: New York Jets 3, Carolina Panthers 30
What you need to know
QB Brooks Bollinger entered the game without any interceptions in his young career. While that career added up to 77 pass attempts, he continued the streak into the second half for 14 more passes. Then the interceptions came, and they came in droves. Three of four consecutive passes were caught by the Panthers, and to add insult to injury LB Will Witherspoon snared a fourth pick two attempts later and returned it for a touchdown.
RB Curtis Martin ran for 75 yards, but the story of the game for him was that he fumbled for the first time in two years. He had touched the ball 863 times since his last fumble, so there is little worry of a fumble problem – although past performance is not an adequate indication of future results.
WR Laveranues Coles was the most targeted receiver, and he was the intended recipient of the first interception. Coles would have scored had the ball been on target and knotted the game at ten, but Coles finished with just three catches for 30 yards.
The Panthers defense forced six turnovers out of the Jets, resulting in 20 points including interception return for a touchdown. The defense led Carolina to their sixth victory in a row.
RB Stephen Davis scored for his twelfth rushing touchdown, his eighth from the one yard line. Davis and RB DeShaun Foster combined for 101 rushing and Foster added 43 yards receiving for most of the Panther offensive production.
QB Jake Delhomme had a strong start, hitting WR Keary Colbert for a first quarter touchdown, but stopped two drives by throwing two first half interceptions. Delhomme had just over 100 yards at halftime, and little was asked of him for the second half as the Panthers mostly ran the ball to hold on to the lead.
WR Steve Smith also had a quiet game, catching just three passes for 34 yards, ending his consecutive game streak of at least 100 receiving yards at four.
What you ought to know
Bollinger entered the game having never thrown an interception in his young NFL career. He extended his streak from 77 to 91 pass attempts, and then everything went wrong. Three of his next four throws fell into enemy hands, and a fourth interception occurred just two plays later. Bollinger had trouble getting any passing game going, as he was under constant pressure all afternoon, getting sacked three times and hit or hurried on most pass attempts. He completed just 11 passes for the game (not counting the four completions to the Panthers) for a paltry 98 yards.
Martin was held in check by the Panthers defense, gaining only 75 yards on 19 carries. He had a respectable 54 yards on 13 carries and a six yard reception at halftime. Martin touched the ball just six more times, all in the third quarter, as the game quickly got out of hand by the first minutes of the final period. Once Carolina was well ahead, backup RB Cedric Houston was inserted in the backfield.
Martin also fumbled the ball for the first time since 2003. He had handled the ball 863 times between fumbles, so Martin owners should not be worried about his ball security skills.
Houston carried the ball ten times against the Panthers, with most of his work coming in the final quarter. He carried seven times for 36 yards in the final quarter in relief of Curtis Martin as the outcome of the game was already decided.
Sowell caught two short passes out of the backfield, gaining a modest eight yards. He had no chance to make the catch on his other two targets. The first incompletion hit him in the foot on a hasty pass from QB Brooks Bollinger, who was under pressure, on a failed screen attempt. The other target was a tipped pass that was eventually intercepted.
Coles was the most targeted New York receiver, but in this game that was good for just six passes. He caught exactly one pass in each of the final three quarters, none longer than 13 yards. Two of his targets in the third quarter were intercepted by DB Ken Lucas, with the first one being the key play of the game. Coles had beaten Lucas on his route and was streaking to the back of the end zone, but QB Brooks Bollinger under threw him, giving Lucas time to recover and make the interception. Had the ball been thrown earlier, Coles would have scored and tied the game at 10-10.
McCareins was targeted on a deep pass in the first quarter that sailed 40 yards but fell incomplete. McCareins reeled in his next two short passes for 21 yards, but his next ball ticked off of his fingers as a ten yard pass was thrown too high to him from QB Brooks Bollinger. His last chance was tipped and intercepted in the fourth quarter.
Cotchery caught one ball for eight yards in the second quarter for a first down, and later added four yards that were considered rushing as the pass was a lateral to the receiver.
Jolley filled in for the injured Chris Baker (broken fibula, out for the season) as the starting TE for the Jets. He was targeted five times, catching three passes for 32 yards – but a fourth quarter seven yard completion was turned down by HC Herman Edwards as the Jets accepted a penalty on Carolina instead. Jolley was also targeted in the second quarter on a TE screen, but the play was slow in developing and QB Brooks Bollinger threw at his feet while he had pressure in his face. His other target was intercepted by LB Will Witherspoon who took the pass back for a Panthers’ score.
Nugent was successful on his only field goal attempt, a 22 yard kick in the second quarter.
Carolina did not have either RB Stephen Davis or RB DeShaun Foster gain 100 yards individually, but Davis was able to punch in a touchdown from the one. Carolina did just enough, gaining 101 yards as a team and controlling the ball with the lead.
The Jets forced QB Jake Delhomme into throwing two interceptions in the first half and limited WR Steve Smith to just 34 yards. However, they did not get any sacks on the afternoon and also allowed the first touchdown to Carolina. With the Jets trailing all game, the Carolina pass offense was not asked to do much more.
|QB Jake Delhomme, Pass: 10 - 20 - 119 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 2 - -2 - 0|
Delhomme only attempted 20 passes, completing half for 119 yards and a touchdown. The Panthers were doing well running the ball, and the defense was swarming all over the Jets in the second half. Delhomme’s slow start coupled with the lack of a need to throw the ball in the second half led to a quiet day for Delhomme. Most of his production came in the first half, as he was eight of 13 for 109 yards, but his two second quarter interceptions helped to stall Carolina drives. The Jets’ second half turnovers and the strong running game led to few pass plays in the second half.
Davis carried the ball a hefty 27 times, yet gained only 81 yards. He did add his twelfth rushing touchdown this season, this one and seven others coming from the one yard line. Davis helped to eat at the clock in the second half, carrying the ball 14 times for 40 yards, including his touchdown.
Foster had the longest play for the Carolina offense, catching a five yard pass, making the first man miss, and running 25 more yards for a 30 yard first quarter reception. Most of his work came in the first half, as he caught two more short passes and ran four of his six carries by the end of the second quarter.
|RB Brad Hoover, Rush: 1 - 2 - 0, Rec: 1 - 2 - 0 (3 targets)|
Hoover was used sparingly, rushing once and catching one ball for short yardage.
Smith had a very quiet day, catching just three balls for 34 yards. Carolina was in control of the running game and Jets DB Ty Law covered Smith tight all afternoon. Smith was unable to get open deep like he had in previous weeks, and his streak of four consecutive games of 100 yards receiving came to an end.
Colbert started fast, catching a 19 yard pass for a touchdown in the opening quarter. He added another ten yard catch in the second quarter on his only other target.
Proehl was targeted on medium depth passes three times, once in the first quarter and twice in the third. He left the game in the third quarter and was receiving treatment for an injury on the sideline.
Gaines caught the only pass that came his way, an 11 yard catch in the second quarter.
Kasay was perfect on the afternoon, making three extra points and field goals of 23, 42 and 28 yards.
RB Curtis Martin had over 50 yards by halftime, but once the turnovers started to happen in the second half, the Jets had to abandon the running game. Once the score was out of hand, the Jets helped to run out the clock as they ran for 41 more yards in the final quarter on nine meaningless carries.
Carolina kept Jets QB Brooks Bollinger under pressure all game, recording three sacks and forcing four interceptions. The four interceptions, all in the second half, set the tone for the Panthers as they set up their scoring opportunities with the first three picks and LB Will Witherspoon ran his interception back for a touchdown. DB Ken Lucas made the first two interceptions, with the first preventing a New York touchdown.