Look on the bright side, Carolina Panthers fans, at least the team found a way to score an offensive touchdown. That was about the only good thing you can say about the offensive unit following Sunday’s 31-18 loss at the Giants.
Panther fans can’t blame this one on Jake Delhomme. The defender of the fresh biscuit was busy leading the Browns to a loss against Tampa Bay, but Matt Moore did a great job impersonating one of Delhomme’s notoriously terrible days (It should be noted that I am, and continue to be the leader of the Delhomme fan club. Really, the guy led the team to a Super Bowl and two NFC title games).
Moore threw three interceptions, all of which were in the Giants end zone, he lost a fumble and then was knocked out of the game late in the fourth quarter with a concussion.
If you combine Moore’s four turnovers against the Giants in yesterdays opener with Delhomme’s five against the Eagles in last year’s lid lifter, Carolina QB’s have nine turnovers in the past two season openers. The Panthers lost those two games by a combined score of 69-28.
Moore’s status for this week’s game against Tampa is questionable. Rookie Jimmy Claussen will get the start if Moore can’t go.
In case you hadn’t done this already, you need to get ready for a long, long, long season Panther fans. I’m putting the over-under at six wins, although that may be a little high. Four may be a better number.