Fans hoping for a competitive Monday Night Football game in Week 10 between the Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers didn’t get their wish.
BOX SCORE: PANTHERS 45, DOLPHINS 21
It was a one-sided blowout that really took off the wrong way for the road team right before the end of the first half. Things got worse in the second half, and the Panthers walked into their home locker room with a huge 45-21 win.
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) November 14, 2017
These were the biggest winners and losers from the lopsided game.
Winner: What a night for Panthers running backs and specialists
Veteran Jonathan Stewart romped for 110 yards on 17 carries. It was the best game of his 2017 season. By quite a bit.
Christian McCaffrey contributed as well. He caught three passes for 27 yards and a touchdown. He chipped in 23 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Before getting injured, slot specialist and converted running back Curtis Samuel caught five passes for 45 yards. We’ll forgive him his drop in the end zone because the ball went right over the outstretched hands of a defender and then he got blasted after the fact.
Veteran backup Cameron Artis-Payne even got in on the action, rushing in a score from 12 yards out in the third quarter. He mopped up in garbage time, too, finishing with 68 rushing yards.
All in all, it was a huge night for the above-mentioned skill players, who finished with 273 total yards of offense in the blowout win for the home team.
Loser: Jay Cutler doing Jay Cutler things
Right before halftime, Miami down by just three points, Cutler did a very Jay Cutler thing. Staring down Luke Kuechly (and tight end Julius Thomas) from the moment he received the snap, Cutler tried to throw the ball right through the All-Pro linebacker.
It went about as well as you’d expect.
— NFL (@NFL) November 14, 2017
At this point in the game, Cutler had already thrown a number of terrifyingly awful passes — skipping balls to receivers, overthrowing others. It was just bad. Because of this unconscionable lapse in judgement, Carolina took a 17-7 lead into halftime when Cam Newton hit tight end Ed Dickson a few plays later to go up by double-digits.
On one single play, the entire game flipped. Carolina went on to absolutely wipe the floor with the Dolphins from the moment Cutler let that ball leave his hand.
Winner: Kawann Short was a monster in the middle
This was evident very early in the game. Short was getting off the block quicker than anyone on either side of the ball. At one point, he blew up a Dolphins play before it even had a chance to develop, arriving at the ball carrier at the same time as Cutler handed it off.
By halftime Short already had five tackles, and Miami’s rushing attack was stagnate — 27 yards on 10 carries. We love to talk about how darn good Carolina’s linebackers are. And they are amazing. But much of what they’re able to accomplish happens because Short and the other defensive linemen do such an amazing job up front.
Short would end up with seven total tackles to lead the Carolina defense.
Loser: Miami’s defense got steamrolled
There’s no D.
— Dave Berggren (@daveberggren) November 14, 2017
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SOURCE: Sportsnaut, Jesse Reed