The Carolina Panthers enjoyed a spectacular first half on Sunday. In fact, their 35 first-half points against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was a franchise record. And while Carolina managed just seven points in the second half, it was still enough to earn a 42-28 victory over its NFC South rivals.
The win was also the Panthers’ 10th straight at home, matching the second-longest home winning streak in franchise history. Additionally, Carolina is now averaging 27.5 points per game, the second-highest scoring average in franchise history.
Such impressive numbers have caused people to start discussing the Panthers as one of the top teams in the NFC. They have been on a roll lately, scoring 99 points over the past nine quarters to earn wins over the Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay.
At 6-2, the Panthers are still in second place in their own division behind the 7-1 Saints. But they’re currently playing as well as they have since the 2015 season, which ended with a Super Bowl appearance. Speaking of 2015, that’s the only time the Panthers averaged more points per game than they are this season (Carolina averaged 31.3 points per game three years ago).
Carolina currently seems to have an embarrassment of riches. As a result, it was difficult to narrow their top performers from Sunday’s contest to just three players. But that’s exactly what I have done.
Here’s a look at the three best performances from the Panthers’ Week 9 win over the Buccaneers.
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