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ReFocused, NFL Preseason Week 3: Carolina Panthers 25 , New England Patriots 14

Carolina Panthers 25, New England Patriots 14 Analyst Takeaways After running only five offensive plays in the first quarter, Tom Brady and the Patriots offense put together two 10-plus play drives in the second quarter, as they found success throwing underneath passes.
Recently signed wide receiver Eric Decker saw his night begin in the second half with quarterback Brian Hoyer at the helm.
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton looked very good on the night, completing 11-of-17 passing attempts for 142 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.
In two quarters of action, he completed passes to five different receivers, with the only drawback being that they were unable to finish any of the drives with touchdowns, settling for field goals.
One of his best throws of the night came on a nicely timed back-shoulder pass to wide receiver Devin Funchess.
Though the Panthers defense got worked over in the second quarter, they were able to get out of the half surrendering only three points.
However, the Panthers defense missed some assignments in coverage that resulted in wide open receivers, though the Patriots failed to capitalize.
New England: The inability to open up the passing game and get some big throws really limited the Patriots offense against the Panthers.
Brady played well but didn’t throw much down the field in what will most likely be his last preseason action.
Carolina: The Panthers first-team offense did a better job than the Patriots offense, and while they didn’t put the ball in the end zone, three solid drives by Cam Newton and company gave them a 9-3 half-time lead.

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Aug 24, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) attempts to pass the ball in the second quarter against the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Panthers defeated the New England Patriots on Friday night, 25-14, continuing the third full week of preseason action in the NFL.

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FINAL SCORE

Carolina Panthers 25, New England Patriots 14

Analyst Takeaways

After running only five offensive plays in the first quarter, Tom Brady and the Patriots offense put together two 10-plus play drives in the second quarter, as they found success throwing underneath passes. Both lengthy drives ended without a touchdown, however, the passing game looked crisp outside of a couple of Julian Edelman drops that would have both resulted in a first down.

Recently signed wide receiver Eric Decker saw his night begin in the second half with quarterback Brian Hoyer at the helm. Decker had some opportunities, as he was wide open on a go route but Hoyer led him out-of-bounds, and when targeted on a seam route, a nice breakup by cornerback Corn Elder prevented what would have likely been a touchdown. Decker is no…

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