Running the Numbers: Taking a Look at Carolina
My latest “Running the Numbers” piece is a look at some interesting stats from the Carolina Panthers:
8.5: Percentage of dropbacks on which Newton has been sacked.
Newton has been sacked at the sixth-highest rate in the NFL, primarily because he tries to extend plays well after other quarterbacks would have gotten rid of the football. The same style of play that leads to occasional sacks also allows Newton to gash defenses with his legs or scramble behind the line and hit open receivers downfield. It’s imperative for the Cowboys to bring Newton down once he’s in their grasp.
14.5: Yards per completion for Carolina in 2012.
Need more evidence that the Panthers like to get the ball downfield in the passing game? The average length of their completions is 14.5 yards, or 3.4 yards more than the average completion for the Cowboys. On the season, 14.0 percent of Newton’s passes have traveled at least 20 yards in the air, the fourth-highest mark in the NFL. The primary mission for safety Gerald Sensabaugh this week is to make sure the Panthers can’t parlay their rushing success into big chunks of yardage in the passing game.