by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (9/22/14) After opening the season with two strong performances, the Panthers DST got run over Week 3 by the Steelers. Carolina allowed a whopping 264 rushing yards and 454 total yards in the 37-19 loss. Pittsburgh averaged 7.8 yards per carry.
Carolina mustered one sack, by defensive end Mario Addison, and zero turnovers. The Panthers DST will try to bounce back Week 4 at Baltimore.
Derek Anderson plays well in relief
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (9/22/14) Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson relieved Cam Newton in the fourth quarter of the Week 3 loss to the Steelers and played well. Anderson completed 5 of 6 throws for 80 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown to rookie wideout Kelvin Benjamin.
Anderson will go back to the bench for Week 4 at Baltimore.
Panthers defense in good shape for Week 3
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/19/14) The Panthers listed three players from the defensive side of the ball on the injury report for Week 3 against the Steelers, but are expected to have all of them available for Sunday's game.
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/14/14) Panthers defensive lineman Greg Hardy is inactive for Week 2 against the Lions for non-injury reasons. He played Week 1 at Tampa Bay and had a sack and four tackles.
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One might expect the Panthers DST to carry the team this season as the offense is in flux. After the unit totaled a league-best 60 sacks last year while holding opponents to 15.1 points per game, that expectation seems reasonable. But just as the Carolina offense lost key players, so too did its defense. Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and safety Mike Mitchell are both gone. Roman Harper might fill a spot at safety but the cornerbacks on staff leave a lot to be desired. On another team that would be a huge problem but considering the Panthers front seven and incredible pass rush, that might not be a big issue. It's a unit anchored by a pair of amazing pass rushers in Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy along with beefy D-linemen Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short. Linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis add more wrinkles to a defense that held opponents to 86.9 yards per game and 1,391 yards on the season. We're a little nervous about the pass defense getting lit up – the Panthers schedule includes their division rivals plus pass-wielding teams like the Bears, Lions, Packers, Eagles and Bengals. They're still a start-worthy unit but one not worth reaching for. They should be taken with a pick within the last three rounds of a draft.